Pakistan disappointed after Basit denied permission to visit Chennai

Islamabad conveyed that it was 'unfortunate' that the MEA had still not given clearance for Pakistan diplomats Basit to call on the Governor and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

ANI| Last Updated: Feb 20, 2016, 19:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Islamabad on Saturday expressed disappointment after Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit was denied permission to visit Chennai by the Ministry of External Affairs.Islamabad conveyed that it was 'unfortunate' that the MEA had still not given clearance for Pakistan diplomats Basit to call on the Governor and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Due to lack of knowledge about the status of the permission or clearance regarding his visit, Basit has called off his trip to Chennai."

As this is high commissioner's first visit to Chennai he would not like to leave New Delhi amidst uncertainty. Pakistan High Commission is grateful to various organisations who were hosting us and looking forward to exchange of views with the High Commissioner," a statement by the Pakistan High Commission said.