Indian media expedited a malicious campaign against Pakistan

Let us not make sports scapegoats for anti-Pakistan International agendas. Commenting on decision taken by New Zealand team cancelling cricket series with Pakistan, he said, it has disappointed Pakistani nation as they are cricket-lovers.

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Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid says India is trying to sabotage Pakistan’s soft image around the world as its media has expedited a malicious campaign against Pakistan.

Talking to a private television channel, he said Pakistan’s security agencies are fully capable to counter terrorism and we had provided high profile security to New Zealand team.

Commenting on decision taken by New Zealand team cancelling cricket series with Pakistan, he said, it has disappointed Pakistani nation as they are cricket-lovers.

The interior minister said Pakistan had given unprecedented sacrifices on war on terror and extended full support to peace process in Afghanistan.

The minister in a statement termed the New Zealand’s claim about security threat “unfounded”.

“New Zealand team to cancel its tour of Pakistan on Security grounds is unfounded,” he wrote on Twitter.

He highlighted, “US led NATO troops, IMF, World Bank and Diplomatic staff of Embassies in Kabul preferred Pakistan for evacuation. Islamabad hosted them in hotels”.

“Let us not make sports scapegoats for anti-Pakistan international agendas,” Sheikh Rashid warned. Meanwhile, New Zealand cricket team will leave Pakistan today evening as all squad has reached Islamabad airport. Kiwis reached Islamabad airport at 13:20 hours after they left Serena hotel at 12:55 hours. A total of 33 New Zealand team Squad will leave Islamabad Airport through a charter flight RJD232 at 1800 hrs today to Dubai, he said The Covid tests of the departing team have been conducted at the airport. On Friday, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) pulled out of the Pakistan tour citing security threats. The announcement comes minutes before the start of the first ODI match between Pakistan and the Black Caps in Rawalpindi.

This tour, in which New Zealand was to play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Twenty-20 matches, was scheduled to be held from 17 September to 3 October. Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board in a statement said that Pakistan made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams.

“We have assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same. The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” it said.

New Zealand’s decision has disappointed the cricket fans, who have thronged to Twitter to share their reactions.

Adding to this, Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad Friday visited the Siachen Sector to meet frontline soldiers of Pakistan Army.

He laid a wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhda and also paid rich tribute to the martyrs of the Gayari avalanche incident.

Sheikh Rasheed, addressing the soldiers, said, “It was my desire to meet the soldiers deputed at front posts, which has been fulfilled this day by meeting these brave sons of the soil.”

He said Pakistan Army had a long history of sacrifices who always safeguarded the motherland from the evil designs of enemies by dedicating their precious lives.

On this occasion, a briefing was also given to the interior minister on the Gayari avalanche incident. A memorial shield was also presented to him. Besides touring Siachen, Sheikh Rasheed also visited Giang. Earlier, on reaching Skardu Airport, the local administration and Gilgit Baltistan Scouts received him.

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