New Delhi, Jan 5 ():Bowing down to the pressure given by the BJP and Shiv Sena, former Pakistan cricket player Javed Miandad, whose son is married to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter, cancelled his visit to New Delhi on Friday.
Miandad who is at present director general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), decided not to blow up the ongoing controversy over his visa, and made up his mind not to visit Delhi.
Following continuous argument by the BJP and Shiv Sena, who attacked the ruling government at the centre to grant visa to a man who is related to India’s most wanted criminal, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid admitted Miandad is a person among the people who deserves to visit India. They are the people from the Pakistan Cricket board and wants to visit India with a return ticket, said Salman Khurshid.
Asserting that Miandad was a well-known cricketer, Minister of State for Home R P N Singh said that the Pakistani player possessed valid papers owing to which the government had no objection in granting a visa to the former Pakistan cricket player.
Trying to wash off his hands from the controversy, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that visa to Miandad was not granted by him but was given by his officer or his mission.
According to information received it was said that PCB chief Zaka Ashraf who was in a visit to India spoke to Miandad suggesting him to cancel his trip due to the uproar in the country as the PCB chief felt that it will not be fair to spoil an environment where relations between the two countries appear to be improving slowly.
Reports said that Javed Miandad was very much disappointed after he was told to cancel his trip as he was looking forward to pay a visit to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah for offering prayers.
Sources said that Miandad, who was earlier granted a visa to visit the country for the World Cup semifinal in Mohali in March 2011, finally cancelled the trip.