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Sunday, February 15 2004 13:20 Hrs (IST)
"Pakistan welcomes the decision by the Indian Government to allow its cricket team to come to Pakistan to play cricket matches," Pakistan foreign office spokesman Masood Khan said in a statement.
"Pakistan had made special arrangements for security during the series. This should not have been a cause for worry," he said.
Khan appreciated Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's initiative in settling the uncertainty over the tour and said, "a cancellation of the tour would have disappointed cricket fans in South Asia and other parts of the world. We are glad that good sense has prevailed."
That Vajpayee and Pakistan Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali have agreed on resumption of sports links, including cricket, to improve relations between the two countries, he said "the momentum of this decision must bemaintained".
The Indian Government on Saturday cleared its cricket team's tour of Pakistan in 14 years after it was dogged by security fears and the Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) made it clear that it would not force any player to undertake the next months tour against his wishes.
A day of great relief in Pakistan