India-Pakistan series: Centre assures safety despite Bal Thackrey s warning

Pakistan last toured India for a series in 2007 AFP

Mumbai: Nov 4, 2012

The Centre has assured foolproof security set-up ahead of the upcoming India-Pakistan series despite the warning issued by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackrey who had asked party activists “not to permit” the forthcoming series anywhere in the country.

“We will provide foolproof security to the Pakistan cricket team,” union minister of state for home RPN Singh was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times

“The matches will happen as per schedule. Those opposing it should take the game as game only,” Singh added.

Bal Thackeray asked “staunch Hindus and patriotic public” not to allow the ensuing India-Pakistan cricket matches in India, unless Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde withdraws his statement on “forgetting the past” to play cricket with Pakistan.

“Shinde saheb, if you have an iota of shame left, then withdraw this shameless remark of yours,” Thackeray said, in a statement in Saamna.

“I am bed ridden but even in this condition, my blood boils (over Shinde’s statement) and hence I am making this appeal to my Hindu brethren to disrupt these matches,” Thackeray added.

“You say let bygones be bygones. What to forget and how to forget,” the Shiv Sena supremo said, referring to the Parliament attack and 26/11 Mumbai terror strike.

Raj Thackrey, chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena also opposed the series.

Pakistan last toured India for a series in 2007.