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‘Not all Kashmiris are terrorists’

Jammu and Kashmir’s young cricketers, bitter about the detention and release of teammate Pervez Rasool in Bangalore on suspicion of carrying explosives, have asked fellow Indians not to look at all Kashmiri Muslim youth as terrorists.

cricket Updated: Oct 23, 2009 00:50 IST

Jammu and Kashmir’s young cricketers, bitter about the detention and release of teammate Pervez Rasool in Bangalore on suspicion of carrying explosives, have asked fellow Indians not to look at all Kashmiri Muslim youth as terrorists.

“It was a bitter episode,” said Pervez, 21, who was detained on Oct 17 by Bangalore police for questioning after a metal detector at Chinnaswamy stadium indicated presence of explosive material in his bag.

His bag has been sent to the forensic laboratory here to confirm whether it contained traces of explosive material. Bangalore police say their next step depends on the result. If the test results prove positive, Pervez could be questioned again.

“I want to say that all Kashmiri Muslim youth are not terrorists,” said Pervez, who scored 68 for his team in the CK Nayudu Trophy under-22 tournament Wednesday.

“I am happy that I scored 68 runs and hope the team wins,” added Pervez, a Ranji Trophy player for his state as well.

Pervez, whose cricketing idol is Sachin Tendulkar, and other team members want to forget the episode and play good cricket in the match against Karnataka that ends Saturday.

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