'Spirit of Indo-Pak cricket series should not be crushed': BJP on visa row

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 09:10 hrs

Asserting that people on both sides of the border enjoy a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the government and security agencies should be alert about visitors so that the spirit of the game is not crushed.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said people enjoy matches between India and Pakistan, and added that it doesn't matter which side wins or loses.

"It should be ensured that the spirit of the game should not be crashed. The government and the security agencies should be alert as to who is coming or not so that the game should be played in a sportsmanship and a good environment," he added, while commenting on the issuing of visa to former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad to visit India for the one-day match series.

Congress Party has also expressed its disappointment over Miandad's upcoming visit.

Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said the visit would hurt the sentiments of the people of the country for Miandad shares close family ties with India's most wanted gangster-turned-terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.

"He is the most wanted not only for India, but the entire world. And issuing a visa to his relative is not at all correct. We are still demanding Dawood Ibrahim from Pakistan, but they said that he is not in their country. And if visa is issued to his relative, then it will hurt the sentiments of the people here (in India)," he said.

Dawood Ibrahim is considered to be the mastermind of all the terrorist attacks in India.

Miandad would arrive in India on January 5 to watch the third and final ODI between the two Asian neighbours neighbours in New Delhi the next day. Miandad, who is now a senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, would also be honoured during that match.

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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