Jammu and Kashmir's cricketers arrested for respecting Pakistan's national anthem

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2018

After 2016 political protests, which continued for five months, trend of Pakistan's national anthem being played at all major political and sports gatherings emerged across Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested four cricketers from Bandipora district of north Kashmir for their alleged participation in a pre-match ceremony during which national anthem of Pakistan was played.

The stadium where the incident took place is a local ground situated among hillocks.

In this viral video, the players of both teams appeared to be taking part in national anthem. Police have registered an FIR at Bandipore police station. The arrests came in after the video went viral on social media.

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NDTV reports that the boys were let off after speaking to their parents while the police are still on the lookout for the organisers of the match.

"We have registered a case and are now investigating the incident", SSP Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad said. However, only four cricketers were arrested. The match was being played between Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

An independent MLA from Langate in Jammu & Kashmir kicked up a row during the assembly proceedings by saying there is nothing wrong in playing the Pakistani national anthem in the valley. Two Kashmiri cricket teams have been booked and several players reportedly detained for standing just when Pakistan's national anthem was being played at a cricket match last week.

The videos and photographs of youngsters wearing uniform of Pakistan cricket team and flaunting it on social media also went viral.

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