Interior Ministry assures fullproof security to teams in CT

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Lahore, Aug 3 (UNI) After the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to make the September's Champions Trophy memorable, the Interior Ministry has directed Punjab and Sindh police officers to provide ''foolproof security'' to the foreign teams in the games.

The National Intelligence and Operation Committee (NIOC) including Additional Secretary of Interior Ministry Qazi Imtaz, the chief organiser of the Champions Trophy Ahmed Farooq and top police officers from Punjab and Sindh met to discuss the security arrangements during the tournament, a source in the Ministry said.

The security consultant of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Nicholas Stein was, however, briefed about the security plan ahead of the ICC Task Force visit to Pakistan.

Speaking about the security measures, Imtaz briefed the ICC security consultant and assured to implement strict security system for the touring teams. ''Foolproof security will be provided during the championship in all the three hosts cities," he told Stein.

The Interior Ministry has also asked their subordinates to analyse the security measures, which were taken during the Asia Cup and improve it further and remove all loopholes, the sources added.

Defending champions Australia and New Zealand are yet to make up their mind in sending their teams to Pakistan to participate in the second top most event of the cricket after World Cup, to be played from September 12 to 28 at Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

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