PCB protocol officer not allowed access to Sania, Shoaib by security officials

An official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) got the taste of the security cover being offered to the newly married sports couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik when he was denied the permission to receive the couple on behalf of the board at the Islamabad Airport.

According to sources, PCB’s protocol manager was present at the airport to receive Sania and Shoaib, but security officials denied him permission to enter the VVIP lounge.

“The PCB official told the security staff that he was the manager protocol of the PCB and was here to officially receive the newly-wed couple and help them come out without trouble but the security staff rejected his request,” The Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.

To add to the PCB official’s embarrassment, security officials told him that he was late and if he intended to receive the couple he should have been there before the plane landed.

The drama, which continued for few minutes, was witnessed by many present near the lounge.

“He informed the security staff that he was here to perform protocol duty assigned by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt but the airport officials said that no one was allowed inside the VVIP lounge,” said a man, who saw the whole episode. (ANI)

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