Pathankot martyrs’ kin intensify stir against Indo-Pak match
Even as a two-member team from Pakistan made elaborate assessment of security for the India-Pakistan World Cup T20 match scheduled at Dharamshala on March 19, the kin of Pathankot airbase terror attack martyrs, on Tuesday, intensified their stir against the game.punjab Updated: Mar 08, 2016 18:42 IST
Even as a two-member team from Pakistan made elaborate assessment of security for the India-Pakistan World Cup T20 match scheduled at Dharamshala on March 19, the kin of Pathankot airbase terror attack martyrs, on Tuesday, intensified their stir against the game.
Led by deputy advocate general (DAG) Vinay Sharma, sons of slain soldiers Jagdish Chand and Sanjeevan Singh Rana along with other local youths staged a protest at the Dharamshala Martyrs’ Memorial. With the tricolor in their hands, the protestors climbed atop a Patton tank captured by the Indian Army in the 1965 war and raised anti-Pakistan slogans. They vowed to prevent the Pakistan cricket from entering the town, “even if we have to shed the last drop of our blood”. “The embers of my father’s funeral pyre haven’t cooled down yet. We can’t tolerate Pakistani flags on the land for which my father made the supreme sacrifice,” said Rajat Naryal, Kirti Chakra awardee sepoy Jagdish Chand of the Defence Security Corps (DSC).
Hitting out at the organising Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Naryal alleged that the sports body “even tried to lure us by offering money from the earnings of the match”.
Venting his anger, Shubham Rana, son of martyr Sanjeevan Rana, said the HPCA was “disgracing” the martyrs by organising the match. “We will not allow the Pakistan team to play here,” he said. “Anything can happen if the match is held here! I can go to any extent.”
He added that HPCA chief Anurag Thakur, “who otherwise talks big, didn’t even get time to meet the bereaved families even when he was in Dharamshala for a whole day recently”.
Meanwhile, DAG Sharma, who is spearheading the protest, accused Thakur of doublespeak. “The person who tweeted that there will be no cricket with Pakistan just a year ago suddenly changed his heart and is ready to roll out the red carpet for the Pakistan team.”