Kashmiri youth receive army threats for wearing Pak team uniform
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