Team India welcome to tour Pakistan: Qureshi

Updated: 26 November 2008 12:23 IST

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said the Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men were welcome to his country.

New Delhi:

Even as uncertainty prevails over India's cricket tour of strife-torn Pakistan, their Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said the Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men were welcome to his country.

"The Indian team is welcome to Pakistan. Indians are welcome to Pakistan," Qureshi told reporters on arrival for a four-day visit.

The Pakistan Minister said he favoured greater people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

The Indian cricket tour of Pakistan in January appeared to be in trouble, with the government here being apprehensive on account of security of the team.

The final decision on the tour, scheduled from January 6 to February 19, will be taken after an assessment of the situation in Pakistan by a high-level team of officials.

The risk in undertaking the tour is high considering the prevailing security situation in Pakistan and "no sensible government" would take it, sources had said citing the recent terror attack on a national sporting event in Peshawar to cite the example of the security situation in Pakistan.

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