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BJP, Shiv Sena protest granting visa to Javed Miandad

New Delhi, Jan 4 ():Shiv Sena today was supported by the BJP protesting over the Union home ministry’s decision to grant visa to former Pakistani cricket captain Javed Miandad who is related to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim saying the country though loves cricket would not prefer terrorists entering the country.

Dawood, who is wanted in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, has married off his daughter Mahrukh to Miandad’s son Junaid.

Claiming Dawood Ibrahim to be the mastermind of several terror activities in India, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi criticized the ruling government to allow a person who is related to the dreadful terrorist to enter the country.

Emphasizing Pakistan to be a factory of terror that manufactures terrorists to operate against India, BJP leader Naqvi demanded Islamabad to hand over Dawood before Miandad is permitted to visit the country. After Miandad had family ties with Dawood,  there were reports saying earlier in 2005 that India would immediately turn down any appeal of Miandad granting him visa, added Naqvi.

The people of the country should oppose the move of the ruling government.  The man who is related to Dawood is being welcomed by the ruling UPA government by laying red carpet to him, said Sena MP Sanjay Raut.

Justifying the decision, foreign minister Salman Khurshid said the visa was granted by the MHA after following the appropriate procedures. While talking to reporters in Bangalore, Salman Khurshid said the decision was taken by the ministry of home affairs and the government. Responding to a question about the protest to grant visa to Miandad, Khurshid termed the decision to be an internal government matter.

Reacting to the BJP’s objection over the visa controversy, Khurshid said that the opposition has been raising some or other question. He also claimed that when proper procedure has been followed, there is nothing wrong to grant visa to the Pakistani cricket player.