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Shinde assures top security for Pak team

Posted on Nov 08, 03:20PM | IBNS

India's Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday assured that the visiting Pakistan team will get "the best possible security" for a limited over series starting Dec 25.

Shinde's assurance came after Shiv Sena's threat to disrupt the series.

"When cricketers from other countries come to India, it is our duty to protect them, including when from Pakistan. We will discuss and provide best possible security," Shinde told reporters during a seminar here.

Shinde said there would be no compromise on the security of Pakistani cricketers and spectators.

"We are going to be very alert," he said.

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Monday had threatened to disrupt the series that was cleared by the home ministry last week.

Shinde said sports should not be mixed with politics and improving cricketing ties is the only way of improving bilateral ties between the two neighbours.

India and Pakistan will play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches at Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

The sports ties between the two neighbours was snapped after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, which was carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

India last hosted Pakistan for a bilateral series in 2007. The two teams, however, had a face-off in 2011 cricket world cup semi-final at Mohali that was won by India.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited his then Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to Mohali during the match.