Kash­miri youth re­ceive army threats for wear­ing Pak team uniform

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

BARA­MULLA, IHK—Army snatched I-cards and threat­ened a group of cricket-play­ing youth in Sul­tan­pora vil­lage in Kandi Bara­mulla af­ter they were spot­ted wear­ing Pakistan cricket team uniform.

On Fri­day last week, sol­diers from Sul­tan­pora camp filmed and pho­tographed the youth who were play­ing cricket in a field.

A youth said when a pa­trolling party of army spot­ted them their I-cards were snatched and asked to re­port at the camp once the match was over.

When the youth went to the camp, sol­diers noted their names and ad­dress and the play­ers were warned of dire con­se­quences for sport­ing Pakistan cricket team’s uniform.

“The boys were told where did they get this uniform? Is it from Pakistan and have they dumped arms at their home too,” he said.

The army handed them knives and asked them to tear up the uni­forms in the camp it­self.

“The sarpanch in­ter­vened and got the youth re­leased with a warn­ing not to re­peat it again,” said the youth.

Re­peated at­tempts to con­tact Sri­na­gar­based de­fense spokesper­son Lt Col NN Johsi, to have army’s ver­sion of the in­ci­dent, could not ma­te­ri­alise.—KR

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