The Indian embassy has finally begun processing visas for Pakistani media traveling to the neighboring country to attend the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
The embassy began contacting journalists interested in covering the showcase event in India on Tuesday, directing them to submit their passports as soon as possible.
The long-awaited development came a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed its displeasure with the continued delay in the issue of Indian visas for Pakistani fans and journalists, even though the World Cup 2023 is nearly a week away.
The mega cricket event began on October 5, but Indian authorities have yet to grant visas to Pakistanis for World Cup attendance, leaving them in the dark.
The board said PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf had called Pakistan Foreign Secretary Syrus Sajjad Qazi and expressed severe concerns about visa delays for Indian fans and journalists covering the World Cup.
According to the PCB, Ashraf asked the foreign secretary to raise the issue with India’s Home Ministry via the Pakistan High Commission Office in New Delhi.
According to ICC rules, the host country must give visas to fans and journalists covering the events, but India has ignored Pakistan’s protests.
According to the statement, the board is highly concerned that media and supporters from Pakistan continue to face uncertainties regarding acquiring an Indian visa to cover Pakistan’s games at the ICC World Cup 2023.
Meanwhile, the PCB reminded the ICC and the BCCI of its respective commitments and terms and conditions outlined in the Host agreement to provide visas for participating teams’ fans and journalists.
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