LAHORE – The Secretary of Pakistan hockey Federation, M Asif Bajwa has said that eight Pakistani players appearing in the Indian hockey League are safe and there is no security concern regarding their participation in the event.
"I have spoken to Secretary hockey India, Narinder Batra on this issue who has assured that top security is being provided to the Pakistani players and there would be no issue of safety and security of the Pakistani players ", he said while reacting to a demonstration staged by Hindu extremists party Shiv Sinha during a practice match of the Pakistani players who are part of different teams featuring in the league.  Pakistani players were escorted by police from a Mumbai hockey ground after Shiv Sena activists tried to enter the stadium. He said that some of the players have also informed their relatives and hockey players in Pakistan regarding this incident. "We are fully aware of the situation and are in constant touch with the hockey India officials who are updating us on the situation and we believe that players are in good hands as far as their security is concerned", he said adding: "Despite the happening of this incident the pak players are in good spirit and their morale is high".  Bajwa said it is the responsibility of the hockey India to ensure the safety and security of the players and they (HI) are doing their best in this regard.
Meanwhile Rizwan Senior also left here on Monday for New Delhi for taking part in the league, thus raising the strength of Pakistani players to nine from eight. "I am eager to participate in the league to add to my experience and to lift the level of my game and I am confident that pak players which are drawn in different teams of the league will exhibit their top form ",he said before his departure.