5,000 visa to Pakistani fans to watch cricket WC

New Delhi: India has issued visa to 5,000 Pakistanis to facilitate their visit to India to watch remaining World Cup cricket matches, including the final in Mumbai.

The visas were issued after due security checks by the immigration and various security agencies of each of the Pakistani national who applied for the travel document to watch the quarter finals, semi finals and the final to be held in different venues in India.

"The 15-day multiple entry visas were issued only to those applicants who could show a proper ticket of the ICC World Cup cricket matches," a government official said.

Ahmedabad will host the second quarter final on March 24, Chandigarh one semi final on March 30 and Mumbai will host the final on April 2.

So far, Pakistan have not played any of the World Cup matches in India.