Punjab police's 'threat alert' led to Kiwis’ tour cancellation, report reveals
Policemen stand guard outside the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. AFP
Though the Interior Minister claimed that no one security agency in Pakistan had received security threat on the New Zealand cricket team’s tour but a report revealed that Punjab police had issued a security threat alert on the Kiwis’ visit
According to the 24News HD TV channel report released on Friday, a threat alert advisory had been issued on the security of the Kiwis from Punjab police but the police said it issued such threat alerts in routine for extra arrangement.
The Punjab police officials said that they issued the threat alert advisory regarding the security of the New Zealand cricket team and Chehlum Imam Hussain in routine. And, the purpose of the threat alert advisory was to make the best security arrangements so that there was no actual security threat, the police officials said.
They further stated that the alerts were issued for the best security arrangements at every major event in Pakistan.
The police officials said that the security team of the New Zealand cricket team had given a report of comprehensive security from Pakistan and also praised the security situation at all three locations including cricket team's accommodation, route and stadium.
The New Zealand security team also sent a report of best security arrangements from Pakistan to its cricket board and the government.
The New Zealand security team also described the security arrangements during the practice match as excellent.
Reporter: Usman Javed