The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday said it had granted permission to the Pakistani air attaché to take part in a golf tournament organised by the Indian Air Force at Hindon.
This was in reply to an HT report on Monday that the MEA had denied permission to Pakistani diplomats to take part in the Vice Chief of Air Staff Cup on March 21. None of the Pakistani diplomats, including air attaché Group Captain Shahid A. Alvi, eventually took part in the tournament.
Official sources, however, confirmed that the MEA did not clear the names of Pakistani defence attaché Brigadier Mohammed Iqbal and the naval attaché to be present at the Hindon golf course. IAF sources said it was understandable that the Pakistani air attaché did not take part in the tournament because his boss and colleague were not granted permission.
Pakistani diplomats require clearance from the foreign ministry in case they have to move out of New Delhi. Without authorisation, they cannot travel to Gurgaon or Noida.