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The New Zealand authorities do not have substantive proof of a threat in Pakistan, the minister said, hours after the Kiwis cancelled their tour of Pakistan, Geo TV reported. Also Read - T20 WC, Pak vs NZ: After Historic Win Over Virat Kohli-Led India, Babar Azam & Co Eye Revenge vs New Zealand
Ahmad said New Zealand took a unilateral decision to cancel the Pakistan tour despite the country’s tight security arrangements for the visiting team.
The minister’s press conference came following New Zealand Cricket’s decision to cancel its tour of Pakistan citing a “security alert”, a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.
“Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” the PCB said.
(With Inputs from IANS)