Kashmiri cricket players detained for singing Pakistani national anthem before match

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Police in Jammu and Kashmir say they have detained local cricket players of the Baba Darya Ud Din (a revered sufi saint) club team for singing Pakistani national anthem.

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The video of the team wearing Pakistani team jersey and singing the their national anthem before a local cricket match had gone viral on social media platforms.

The incident, according to several media reports had taken place in Jammau and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district

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According to DNA, the organisers of the match, being played at the Wayil grounds, have also been detained.

Deputy inspector general of police, Central Kashmir Range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, said.”They have been detained for questioning.”

The opposing team during this match were wearing traditional white and reportedly representing India. They too were seen standing in attention while singing the Pakistani national anthem.

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The Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat had warned the local population in Kashmir in February this year on hoisting flags of ISIS or Pakistan.

He had said, “We request local population… people who have picked up arms, local boys, if they continue with these acts of terrorism, displaying flags of ISIS and Pakistan, they will be treated as anti-nationals.”

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Last year in April, Kashmir witnessed tension on the campus of NIT in Srinagar after India’s defeat to West Indies in the World Twenty20 semi-final. The oustation students had accused the local students of hoisting Pakistani flags on the campus.

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