Pakistan bar players from Indian Premier League (IPL)

Pakistan has barred its cricketers from competing in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament in the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

“We have been informed by the foreign ministry today that the situation is not conducive for Pakistan cricketers to travel to India,” Sports Minister Aftab Jilani said on Monday.

Jilani last week gave a No Objection Certificate allowing Pakistan cricketers to compete in the IPL.

Five Pakistan cricketers–Yasir Hameed, Yasir Arafat, Asim Kamal, Danish Kaneria and Mohammad Hafeez–were due to appear in the IPL player auction at the Indian state of Goa on February 10.

“We (the Sports Ministry) had given the NOC, but the final decision was up to the government,” Jilani said.

The minister said that one of the reasons given by the Pakistan’s foreign ministry for the ban was that relations between India and Pakistan are tense in the wake of the terrorist November attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.

India has blamed militant groups in Pakistan for terrorist attacks in Mumbai in which 164 people died in November.

“Ever since these attacks (in Mumbai) the situation has got tense and even Pakistani artists are facing problems in India,” Jilani said.

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