In a sudden turn of events on Monday, the approval of visas for Pakistan shooters to travel and participate in the New Delhi World Cup was revoked. The NRAP was informed by the Indian high commission that there was a miscommunication and the visas were not approved but are still under processing.
The NRAI was informed by the Indian high commission that the visas of the Pakistani shooters were cleared and the same was acknowledged by the NRAP too earlier on Monday. Two Pakistan shooters - Muhammad Khalil Akhtar and Ghulam Mustafa Bashir - and their coach Razi Ahmed will participate in the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol tournament in New Delhi from February 20.
"We (NRAI) got a confirmation from the Indian High Commission (Islamabad) that the visas have been granted to the said Pakistani shooters. The National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP), through an email, have acknowledged this in the afternoon that they have got confirmation of getting the visas from the Indian High Commission there," said Rajiv Bhatia, secretary general, the NRAI.
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The NRAP had also grieved that they had submitted all the necessary documents including the Indian home ministry’s sanction letter and the NRAI’s no-objection certificate by December 16 itself to carry ammunition for the World Cup but were unaware what has caused the hesitation and dubiety in granting the Visas.
"We also like to inform you (NRAI) we had earlier received a telephone call from the visa section of the high commission that visas of our team have been approved and will be issued on Monday but, two hours later, we received another call that there was a misunderstanding. This is very unfortunate that despite a very clear policy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in this regard, our shooting team will be denied the opportunity to participate in the New Delhi World Cup which is an Olympic qualifying event," the mail added.
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