Javed Miandad visa: Govt defends decision
NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday defended the decision to issue visa to Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad saying he was not on India's "negative list". "He is a well known cricketer. His visa application papers were in order and valid and that is why the government has decided to give him visa," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told reporters in Delhi.
When asked if Miandad was not on India's "negative list", Singh said "no, nothing like that". "He was given visa when his visa papers were found valid," he said.
The government's decision has been criticised by the opposition BJP and Shiv Sena which cited Miandad's family ties with fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.