Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Over 3,000 visas issued to Indian fans

Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 19:55 [IST]
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New Delhi:Over 3,000 visas have so far been issued to Indian cricket fans to watch matches in Pakistan and many more are being processed and expected to be issued next week.

"The enthusiasm is unabated. People are pouring in for visas both here and at our visa camp office in Amritsar," a Pakistan High Commission spokesman said In New Delhi.

He said 600 visas, which were being processed, would start being distributed from Monday.

A total of 116 media personnel, both from the electronic and print mediums, have been issued visas to cover the matches, he said.

The visa camp opened in Amritsar by the Pakistan High Commission issued over 1000 visas.

A special train from Delhi via Amritsar will be reaching Attari border point by Saturday morning carrying cricket lovers who would subsequently travel to Lahore by a Pakistani train after completing immigration formalities at the check post.

Another special train will depart from Delhi on March 22, a Railway official said. Both Indian Airlines, which flew a special flight to Lahore to ferry the Indian cricket team, and Pakistan International Airlines, operating twice a week, are witnessing heavy rush in bookings in view of the Indo-Pak matches.

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