ISLAMABAD: The Indian government barred five Pakistani diplomats and two of their family members from travelling to Kolkata to watch the upcoming World T20 match between the two neighbouring countries.
“Yes, I can confirm that two counsellors, one first secretary, two protocol officers and two family members have been denied permission to travel to Kolkata,” said a senior Pakistani diplomat talking on the phone with DawnNews from New Delhi on Tuesday.
However, no reason was given for the denial of permission, added the diplomat.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Dehli Abdul Basit is also awaiting permission from the Indian government to travel for the T20 match, however, permission to travel has not been communicated yet.
Basit is scheduled to travel on March 18, his application is still under consideration by the Indian authorities.
Pakistan has expressed disappointment over the decision by Indian government.
Sources further reveal that the Foreign Office is expected to summon the Indian envoy in Islamabad to formally record protest over New Delhi’s decision to bar Pakistani diplomats from travelling to Kolkata. -Dawn
THE PASHTUN TIMES