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Foreign ministry spoils golf party

The Foreign Ministry denied permission to Pakistani diplomats to take part in a golf tournament organised by the Indian Air Force in Hindon on the outskirts of Delhi on March 21.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 00:46 IST
Rahul Singh

The Animosity between India and Pakistan has now spilled over into the golf greens. The Foreign Ministry denied permission to Pakistani diplomats to take part in a golf tournament organised by the Indian Air Force in Hindon on the outskirts of Delhi on March 21.

The IAF had invited defence attaches from various embassies and high commissions for the championship. A senior IAF officer, not authorised to speak to the media, said on Saturday that the Foreign Ministry was opposed to Pakistani diplomats participating in the tournament.

“The ministry singled Pakistan out and did not give its diplomats the permission to travel to Hindon, despite our requests,” he said.

Pakistani diplomats require clearance from the Foreign Ministry in case they have to move out of New Delhi. Without authorisation, they cannot even travel to Gurgaon or Noida.

The Pakistani diplomats had no clue that the Foreign Ministry would ban them from the tournament. The suggestion of holding the IAF golf tournament for the diplomatic community had come from Pakistani diplomats last year. The Pakistani High Commission had taken the initiative of sponsoring the second edition of the vice-chief’s cup in Hindon. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said he was not aware of the development.