ISSF New Delhi Shooting World Cup 2019: Pakistani contingent awaits visa, participation lies in limbo in wake of Pulwama attack

Pakistan's shooting federation on Monday said it will not send its marksmen if the visas don't come through by this evening.

Press Trust of India February 18, 2019 16:43:40 IST
ISSF New Delhi Shooting World Cup 2019: Pakistani contingent awaits visa, participation lies in limbo in wake of Pulwama attack
  • The ISSF event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.

  • Pakistan's shooting federation has said it will not send its marksmen if the visas don't come through by this evening.

  • NRAI said the Indian government had given clearance for the applications, but that was before the Pulwama attack.

The Pulwama terrorist attack has cast doubts over Pakistan shooters' participation in the season-opening shooting World Cup in New Delhi, with the country's federation on Monday saying it will not send its marksmen if the visas don't come through by this evening.

The ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.

ISSF New Delhi Shooting World Cup 2019 Pakistani contingent awaits visa participation lies in limbo in wake of Pulwama attack

Representative image. AFP

"We will wait till 6 today. If we get the visas fine, our contingent will travel to Delhi, but if we don't get visas today then we can't go at a short notice as the championship begins from 21st February," National Rifle Shooting Federation president Razi Ahmed told PTI.

The official said they were yet to get visas from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad despite applying well in advance.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said the Indian government had given clearance for the applications, but that was before last Thursday's dastardly attack.

At least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured in what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan have applied for visas for two shooters in the rapid-fire category — GM Bashir and Khalil Ahmed — for the World Cup.

"We have applied for visas on schedule but until an hour ago we had not been issued the visas so we are waiting," Razi said.

Razi said the secretary of NRAI had assured him since the Indian home ministry has given clearance.

"Due to the changed situation in the last few days we don't know whether we will be issued visas," he said.

Razi said air tickets had been booked as well NOCs (No Objection Certificates) obtained for taking the ammunition to New Delhi for use in the championship.

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