Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Monday commented that Pakistan tasked more security personnel to ensure the safety of the New Zealand cricket team than their armed forces combined.

Sheikh Rasheed’s comments come after New Zealand decided to unilaterally abandon the Pakistan series at the eleventh hour.

Referring to the five-nation intelligence report on the basis of which the New Zealand government called the tour off, Rasheed questioned, “Where were these five countries that issued the threat alert when the security experts were visiting Pakistan and the team was practising on the same ground?”



Rasheed informed the media that Pakistani intelligence agencies are one of the strongest agencies in the world.

Responding to the Opposition’s criticism on the cricket series being cancelled, the minister said: “Don’t throw stones at others while living in a glasshouse. A day will come when all international teams will come to play in Pakistan.”