CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: Pakistan raised specter of Kashmir to withdraw from 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram on the eve of the event, citing the Indian torch relay crossing Kashmir on June 21.
The 13-member Pakistani contingent had already checked in at the team hotel in Mamallapuram when they were told they would not be participating.
In a statement, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said India chose to politicize the prestigious international sporting event by passing the torch relay through Jammu and Kashmir. He said the matter would be raised with the International Chess Federation.
Accusing Pakistan of politicizing the event, the MEA said J&K and Ladakh UTs “have been, are and will remain an integral part of India”.