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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, on Monday said that Pakistan deployed more personnel on security of New Zealand cricket team than the entire forces of New Zealand.

Addressing a press conference, Sheikh Rashid asked people not to lose hope and said that a day will come when all cricket teams will come to Pakistan to play matches.

"Where was Five Eye that issued the threat alert when the security experts were visiting Pakistan and the team was practising on the same ground?" Rashid questioned, while referring to the five-nation intelligence report on the basis of which the New Zealand government called the tour off.

Responding to the Opposition's criticism on the return of the New Zealand team, the minister said that opposition should not throw stones at government while living in a glass house and urged them to talk with government over electronic voting machines (EVMs).

A day will come when all international teams will come to play in Pakistan, he added.

Talking about Afghanistan situation, he categorically stated that Pakistan has neither established any refugee camp nor has received new refugees from Afghanistan.

The Interior Minister said Pakistan wants return of three million Afghan refugees to their homeland after the return of stability there.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said Pakistan has helped evacuate sixteen thousand people including diplomats and representatives of IMF and the World Bank from Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan is an important country of the region and efforts are being made for its security and prosperity.