Pulwama terrorist attack has cast a doubt over Pakistan shooters' participation in the season-opening shooting World Cup in New Delhi, with the country's federation on Monday saying it will not send its marksmen if the visas don't come through by this evening.
The ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.
"We will wait till 6.00 today if we get the visas fine, our contingent will travel to Delhi, but if we don't get visas today than we can't go at a short notice as the championship begins from 21st February," National Rifle Shooting Federation president Razi Ahmed said.
The official said they were yet to get visas from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad despite applying well in advance.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said the Indian government had given clearance for the applications, but that was before last Thursday's dastardly attack.
National Rifle Association of India's Secretary Rajiv Bhatia on Pakistan shooter visa approval & participation in the upcoming Shooting World Cup in Delhi: It has been approved by Home Ministry & forwarded to the High Commission & Islamabad. pic.twitter.com/cWL2uhvr28