Shinde avoids commenting on Miandad cancelling his India trip

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 13:51 hrs

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday refused to comment on reports of former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad cancelling his visit to India, saying he was not aware of the details.

"This details I do not know," said Shinde, when asked to comment on Miandad cancelling his scheduled visit to India.

"I have not given a visa. It is my officer who has given or my mission must have given. I have not given," he added, when asked that he might have not given Miandad a visa.

Miandad, now a senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was scheduled to arrive in India tomorrow to watch a one-day cricket match between India and Pakistan in New Delhi on Sunday. He was to be honoured during that match.

Several politicians had opposed Miandad being granted a visa by the authorities, saying that it will hurt the sentiments of the people of the country, as he has family ties with India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.

Miandad's son Junaid Miandad is married to Dawood's daughter Mahrukh Ibrahim.

Dawood is still wanted in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. He was charged by India for masterminding the 1993 serials blasts in Mumbai that claimed around 260 lives. (ANI)

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