Cheer for any team in India-Pak clash, Mehbooba Mufti’s pro-Pak cricket stand

Mehbooba Mufti

The Hush Post|5:20 pm|one-minute-read|

In a deliberate and seemingly ugly provocation, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, on Sunday tweeted regarding the ongoing cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan, saying people had the right to cheer the team they believed in. Obviously, she has opened a can of worms by issuing such a statement.

“May the best team win in today’s India vs Pakistan cricket match. Every individual has the right to cheer for whichever team they believe in. So let’s be civil about it,” she tweeted.

Bilateral cricket relations between the two countries have been suspended since 2008 after Pakistan-based terrorists attacked Mumbai. The two teams clash only in International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.

India has beaten Pakistan on six occasion in a World Cup while Pakistan has never defeated India.

India vs Pakistan matches have always been an emotional affair as the teams are considered arch rivals in world cricket.

Before the match, an intense fight was on between supporters of both the teams on social media.
In 2014, a University in Meerut had suspended 67 Kashmiri students from the Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and escorted from the campus over what the vice chancellor called “unacceptable” behaviour after they celebrated Pakistan beating India in a tense Asia Cup match.

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