The recently carried out terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama has left the nation shocked and mourning. Over 40 Jawans of the Indian Army were martyred in the attack committed by a suicide bomber, leaving more injured. Amid nationwide outrage and anger, spheres such as film, art, and sports that should be kept separate from politics, are being impacted as well, and quite naturally so. However, the Pakistan shooters who were to participate in the Shooting World Cup in Delhi have been granted Visa.
“I received an email from the Pakistan federation, saying they have been granted visas. The team is expected to reach Delhi on Wednesday,” National Rifle Association of India secretary Rajiv Bhatia informed Indian Express. GM Bashir and Khalil Ahmed from Pakistan will be in New Delhi to participate in the Rapid Fire event and will be accompanied by a manager.
Earlier, the Pakistan shooting federation reportedly told the local media of Karachi that the Pak shooters wouldn't be sent to India if the visas weren't granted by Monday. The terror attack also made many wonder whether Pakistan's participation in the World Cup would be a reality.
Sporting ties, however, as put across by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, will be strained after the attack. One has to see if the Indian Cricket Team plays Pakistan in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.