Suspend all ties with India: world wrestling body to countries

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The United World Wrestling (UWW) has called upon all national federations to suspend ties with India over its denial to issue visas for Pakistanis, on Tuesday.

The world wrestling body has called upon all countries to suspend ties with India after the country refused to grant visa to a Pakistani team of shooters who wanted to take part in the Shooting World Cup in New Delhi.

“UWW recommends to all the affiliated and associated national wrestling federations to suspended their discussions or relations with the Indian wrestling federation,” wrote the world wrestling body in a letter which was forwarded to all member countries, including Pakistan.

The general secretary of the world wrestling federation has called for suspension of ties with India until the country doesn’t grant assurance in writing that it would grant visas to wrestlers from all countries.

The world wrestling federation is the first body that has taken effective steps against India after the directives of the International Olympic Association (IOC) issued orders to suspend ties with India.

Pakistan wrestling federation’s general secretary Arshad Sattar termed the letter a positive measure and said that previously, Pakistanis could not perform at events due to non-issuance of visas.

Tensions between India and Pakistan soared when the former blamed the latter for the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Terror outfit JeM took responsibility for the killings and India blamed Pakistan for harbouring the militants.

Islamabad denied the accusations and after a few intrusions from India into Pakistan’s airspace, the PAF jets shot down an Indian MiG Bison aircraft and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varnathan.

Abhinandan was released after being held captive for 68 hours by Pakistan as a ‘peace gesture’ towards India.