ISLAMABAD: Hindu extremists of Shiv Sena stormed the office of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Monday during a meeting of Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Shehryar Khan with his Indian counterpart Shashank Manohar.
The extremists ransacked the office and chanted slogans against the Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Najam Sethi and demanded their immediate return to Pakistan. Shiv Sena fanatics threatened that they would not allow cricket series between Pakistan and India.
The meeting has now been cancelled following the attack of Hindu extremists. Later talking to media, PCB chairman Shehryar Khan said he is visiting India at the invitation of BCCI.
According to a report, reacting to the incident, former Chairman PCB Khalid Mehmood regretted the incident saying the Indian extremists also resorted to acts of violence in the past. Strongly denouncing the hatred and violent acts of Shiv Sena extremists against Pakistani personalities, renowned analysts say the recent acts have clearly exposed the ugly face and anti-Pakistan sentiments of Modi government.
Analyst Tariq Pirzada was of the view that the separatist movements in India will further gain strength because of the extremist acts of Hindus against minorities, including Muslims.
Cricket expert Ihtisham-ul-Haq said the extremists of Shiv Sena have been given a free hand by the Modi government to target the Muslims. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, in his remarks, said Narendra Modi has a track record of massacring Muslims. He said it appears difficult in the given circumstances that India will be able to host the next T-20 world cup.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson regretted the attack on BCCI office by the Shiv Sena extremists. According to reports, addressing a news conference in Dubai, he said the cricket playing nations should promote mutual cooperation.
International Cricket Council (ICC) President Zaheer Abbas while condemning the attack by Shiv Sena workers on Board of Control for Cricket in India headquarters said politics should never be mixed with sports.
Reacting on the issue, Zaheer, who is also a former Pakistan cricketer, said it is not a new thing. “It is been happening for long. But being the ICC president, I want cricket to spread all around the world.” Zaheer said politics and cricket are two different things. Pakistan is not asking India to play in Pakistan. Pakistan is asking for a bilateral series to be played at a neutral venue.
The ICC president said the world is hoping that India will give a good news to the cricketing world. Shiv Sena extremists have also threatened not to allow Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar to supervise any match in Mumbai.
Aleem Dar, who is in India in connection with the ongoing series between South Africa and India, is scheduled to supervise the 5th One Day International (ODI) between the two sides to be played at Mumbai on Sunday. The extremist group warned that he will not be allowed to enter the ground.