Pulwama attacks: Pictures of Pakistani cricketers pulled down from the Mohali Stadium
The heinous Pulwama attacks have taken over the entire country by rage. On February 14, 2019, more than 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred in a brutal terrorist attack at Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Minutes after the dastardly attack, a Pakistan-based terror organisation – Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) – claimed responsibility for the cowardly blast. On February 18, as a sign of solidarity and protest for the lost, the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali has removed 15 photos of Pakistani cricketers that were a part of its premises.
The collection included pictures of cricketers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad and more. They were hung up at the dressing room, corridors, long room and the gallery of stadium’s Pavilion block. The stadium’s officials held a meeting on Sunday to decide on this step. The honorary secretary of PCA, RP Singla, said to IANS, “To show solidarity with the country and honour the CRPF personnel…the Punjab Cricket Association decided to remove the pictures of Pakistani cricketers…It is a unanimous decision and we all stand with the country…If relations with Pakistan improve and the government changes its policy regarding playing against Pakistan, we will put up the pictures again.”
PCA’s Treasurer Ajay Tyagi, stated, "As a humble step, the PCA has decided to show its solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama attack. There is so much anger in the nation against the heinous attack and PCA is no different in this.”
This decision came after the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI) decided to cover the portrait of former cricketer Imran Khan, who also happens to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan.