Karachi: A senior Pakistani police official
will visit New Delhi from September 26 to inspect the security
and other arrangements for the country`s contingent in the
Commonwealth Games scheduled from October 3-14.
The Pakistan Olympic Association confirmed today that the
government has decided to send a deputy inspector general of
Police from Islamabad, Ahmed Mukaram to the Indian capital on
a security visit.
"Our contingent is due to leave on September 29 for the
Commonwealth Games and before that we wanted to have our own
security clearance," POA President, Arif Hasan said.
Hasan said that it was true that Pakistan had some
reservations and questions over the security arrangements for
athletes at the Games Village.
"We have been assured by the CWG organising committee
that our athletes will be provided with top level security
arrangements at the athletics village but we too have our
areas of concern," Hasan added.
He said, like other countries, Pakistan was keen to be
part of the mega event but had concerns after reading media
reports about the preparations of the Games and the lack of
facilities and hygiene at the Games village.
"The security personal will be meeting the Games
officials and Indian security officials to get a brief on what
security cover is being provided to our contingent," he said.
Pakistan is sending a 75-member contingent for the Games.
India had suspended the bilateral sporting ties with
Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 but since
last year, it permitted Pakistan to send teams for
multinational events including the Hockey World Cup held early
this year in Delhi.