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Five Eyes’ alert led to cancellation of NZ’s tour to Pakistan: report

According to the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Grant Robertson has confirmed media that terror attack on Black Caps was planned at the time when the team was to leave the hotel before the start of the First ODI at Rawalpindi.


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The New Zealand cricket team called off Pakistan tour at the eleventh hour after the Five Eyes, an intelligence alliance of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States, and United Kingdom, advised Wellington to do so, NZ Herald reported. 

The New Zealand daily said that the security threat was deemed credible before the first ODI match. It led to phone calls between New Zealand Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board, and Pakistan and New Zealand prime ministers.

“Within 12 hours of those conversations, the tour was cancelled,” the report said.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand cricket team left Pakistan for Dubai on a chartered flight.

The Kiwi players and officials underwent rapid Covid-19 tests at the Islamabad International Airport. They were allowed to board the flight after all the reports came negative amid tight security protocols.

The team reached the airport at 8:10pm after being escorted by a presidential level security team. Special security units had taken control of the route between the hotel and the airport.

The Kiwi team stayed at the state guest lounge at the airport, where they went through rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Covid-19 before the departure. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had given special permission to the chartered plane, which landed at the airport after a two-hour delay.

On Friday, New Zealand had abruptly abandoned their tour of Pakistan citing a security alert. The Blackcaps had called off the series at the eleventh hour citing unspecified security threats despite being given security assurance by Prime Minister Imran Khan to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern.

Post dated 19 September 2021

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India's River Diversion Plan and South Asia's Waters

More dams are to come, as India’s need to power its economy means it is quietly spending billions on hydropower in Kashmir. The Senate report totted up 33 hydro projects in the border area with Pakistan. The state’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah, says dams will add an extra 3,000MW to the grid in the next eight years alone. Some analysts in Srinagar talk of over 60 dam projects, large and small, now on the books. (This special report has appeared in the Bulletin on Current Affairs - February 2012, you may have to Buy the print edition to read full story)

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