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

Glen Norman
January 9, 2018

Police in Jammu and Kashmir revealed on Sunday that they have detained four Kashmiri boys in the Bandipora district for lining up as Pakistan's national anthem was played before the start of a cricket match.

In April past year, police had detained local cricketers in Ganderbal area for donning Pakistan uniform and playing its national anthem.

The incident came to light after a 1-minute 46-second video surfaced on Facebook. In the video, players have also bowed their heads while singing Pakistan's national anthem.


The local Police told they were looking for the organizers of the match who arranged the shooting of the video. The players are standing in two lines, the players of one team wore green jerseys and one is in white.

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

The match was supposed to be between two teams - MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club. Police have registered a case under Unlawful Activities Act and have arrested four players, besides calling others for questioning.


Over the last two years, there have been several instances when the Pakistan national anthem was played during cricket matches in the Valley. The arrests were made in Arin village after a video of the incident, which took place on January 3, went viral on social media.

However, reports claim that this is not the first time that such an incident happened.


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