Gunshots ring out in Pakistan after T20 victory
On Sunday, jubilant cricket fans took to the streets of Pakistan to salute their team’s rout against their Indian rivals at the T20 World Cup in Dubai.
Pakistan won a 10-wicket triumph, a World Cup first against its South Asian neighbors.
Fans danced and sang, shouting slogans of “Pakistan zindabad” or “Long live Pakistan”.
Celebratory gunshots erupted from the roofs of houses in the capital, Islamabad, as well as in Peshawar and Karachi, while fireworks also lit the sky.
” [Mohammad] Rizwan & Shaheen Afridi, ”Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led the country to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, wrote on Twitter.
Imran watched the game in Saudi Arabia, where he is on an official visit.
Former Test cricketer and quick pitcher Shoaib Akhtar said in a video message on Twitter: “Our team has shattered the myth of the Indian cricket team. We are a civilized nation and we will not say anything bad. Well done India … You have done wonderfully well, but not enough to beat the mightiest Babar and Rizwan.
In India, a torrent of social media abuse targeted the country’s only Muslim player, bowler Mohammed Shami, after Pakistan’s beating. Violence against Muslims in India has also been reported.
Cricket clashes between predominantly Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan frequently exacerbate tensions between nations, which have fought three wars since gaining independence in 1947.
Shami, 31, became the main target after the loss, although India captain Virat Kohli admitted his team had been “overwhelmed”. Hundreds of messages were left on Shami’s Instagram account saying he was a ‘traitor’ and should be fired from the team.
Many fans and politicians also called for support, calling on players to reject hate messages, just as they had supported the Black Lives Matter movement by kneeling.
“Team India, your BLM knee grip is of no consequence if you cannot defend your teammate who is horribly abused and trolled on social media,” wrote Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir . on Twitter.
“Ignore the haters, most of India is grateful for your efforts,” another supporter wrote on Instagram.
Hundreds of people have lit firecrackers in predominantly Muslim Indian Kashmir, where troops are fighting an insurgency.
In Punjab, students from Kashmir said they were beaten.
A student at an engineering and technology institute said dozens of men armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked them as they watched the final stages of the game.
“They entered our room, turned off the lights and beat us. They destroyed our laptops, ”the student said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“We are safe now and we have the support of our college. But we didn’t expect it at all. We are Indians, ”they added.
The match also sparked violence in neighboring Bangladesh. Two Pakistani supporters were beaten by Indian supporters as they celebrated the victory in a southern district, media said.
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