4 cricketers held for playing Pakistan Anthem in Jammu and Kashmir

Amit Gupta  Reuters                       A Muslim boy plays cricket in Jammu

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 other team was in whites.

The stadium where the incident took place seems to be a local ground situated among hillocks. The teams involved were MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

Last year, police in Hyderabad had arrested four Kashmiri students after they refused to stand up during the national anthem of India.

The Kashmiri cricketers, who were seen singing the Pakistan national anthem, were taken to the Ganderbal Police Station, in Jammu and Kashmir.


SSP Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad told The Economic Times "We have registered the case and investigation is going on". In May past year, a video showed members of two teams, "Shining Stars Pampore" and "Pulwama Tigers", lined up before the game with the national anthem of Pakistan-administered Kashmir playing on tape.

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.

In another incident, video of two young Kashmiri artistes performing Pakistan's national anthem on traditional instruments of Rabab and Santoor also went viral on social media.

TOI quoted Senior Superintendent of Police Zulfiqar Asad as saying that a first information report was filed under section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Act against the two teams participating in the cricket match.

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