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Shiv Sena vows to dig up pitch if Pakistan plays

Sena alleges the 17 Pak citizens who had come to watch the ICC Trophy had gone missing.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 16:21 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Shiv Sena on Sunday threatened it would dig up the cricket pitch in Mohali to protest against Pakistan cricket team playing in India in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.

In a statement in New Delhi on Sunday, Sena's northern India incharge and Delhi unit president Jai Bhagwan Goyal said the party would not allow Pakistan to play in the country after the disclosures made recently by the Mumbai Police Commissioner about ISI's involvement in the July 7, Mumbai serial blast.

"At a time when Pakistani Ambassador to the US had admitted that Islamabad supported terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and continued to give financial and military assistance including training to the terrorists, how can we talk friendship and sporting links?" Goyal asked.

The Sena alleged the 17 Pakistani citizens who had come to watch cricket had gone missing and were even involved in the terrorist attack at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore hence demanded the government to forthwith cancel the Pakistan-New Zealand match on October 25 at Mohali.

"Otherwise our activists in Punjab and Haryana would be forced to go to any extent to stop the Pakistanis from playing on Indian soil," the Sena warned.

First Published: Oct 09, 2006 16:21 IST