Pakistan national anthem plays at J&K cricket match; three players held

The 1.45-minute video showed one team in green jerseys like the Pakistani cricket team. The other team was in whites.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: January 8, 2018 12:13 pm
Jammu and Kashmir, J&K police, pak anthem in J&K, Pakistan national anthem, kashmir unrest, indian express The video that popped up on Facebook on Saturday showed two cricket teams lined up on the pitch before the start of a match.

Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested three local cricket players after a video surfaced on Facebook that showed the Pakistan national anthem playing during a cricket match in Bandipore.

The video that popped up on Facebook on Saturday showed two cricket teams lined up on the pitch before the start of a match. As both the teams lined up, the Pakistan national anthem played.

The 1.45-minute video showed one team in green jerseys like the Pakistani cricket team. The other team was in whites.

Soon after the video surfaced, the police registered a case and arrested three players who participated in the match. “Yes, we have arrested a few people,” superintendent of police of Bandipore Zulfikar Azad told The Indian Express. Police have registered an FIR at Bandipore police station.

Sources said the match was played a few days ago at Arin in Bandipore. “There was a local cricket tournament going on at Arin and it was the final match of the tournament,” said a source. “The anthem was played live on Facebook and it went viral then.”

Over the last two years, there have been several instances when the Pakistan national anthem was played during cricket matches in the Valley. Last year, the police arrested several players and organisers of a tournament at Kangan in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district after a video showed the Pakistan national anthem being played before a match.

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  1. Chris Powermale
    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm
    Why Pakistan lovers in India? Pakistan a failed state they support but fruits of Indian's economic success they want to enjoy both can't go hand in hand. If you support or love Pakistan why you are in Indian part of Kashmir just cross the line and do whatever you wish ! We Indians honed the skills to tackle your terror tentacles too as valorous Indian army goes on eliminating terror heads of Kashmir those small fishes too should be tackled same manner, let no anti-India ugly head rear in Indian territory - neither major nor minor !! Best solution is herd together all those lovers and dump them into Pakistan !!
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    1. Abdulhaq Syed
      Jan 8, 2018 at 8:08 am
      Under what law were these cricketers detained. If India calls itself a democracy and calls Kashmir a part of India, is this not shameful. after all India and Pakistan are not officially at war and freedom of speech is supposed to be available for everybody in India . Shameful indeed.
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      1. Nathan Sasolian
        Jan 8, 2018 at 8:15 am
        GFYS
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        1. Ghanashyam Upadhyay
          Jan 8, 2018 at 8:36 am
          Players as well you need to be tried for treason.
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          1. Krishna Murthy
            Jan 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm
            If you know the fate of MQM people mostly dominated by Indian Urudhu speaking Muslim people migrated to Pakistan at the time of par ion, you will not write like this. Only few people like you bring the bad image to crores of Muslims of this country.
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            1. Venkat Pokkunuri
              Jan 9, 2018 at 3:42 am
              if cricketers play Indian national anthem in pakistan, by this time, they would have been jailed and tortured to it is not called freedome of speech dumbo we Indians want these people to leave to pakistan
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