India is still mourning over the death of more than 40 CRPF soldiers, who lost their lives in the brutal terrorist attack at Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Minutes after the dastardly attack, a Pakistan-based terror organisation named Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the blast. As a sign of protest to the lost, the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI) has taken a bold step. CCI has covered the portrait of cricketer Imran Khan, who also happens to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan, which was hung up inside the restaurant in their premise.
The entire premise of CCI, including its restaurant, has portraits of some of the greatest cricketers across eras and from various nations, as a tribute. Imran Khan’s portrait was one of them since he was an all-rounder former skipper and one of the crucial men behind Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup victory. However, in wake of the Pulwama terror attacks, CCI President Premal Udani confirmed the news to PTI, stating that the decision was taken on February 15.
“See, CCI is a sports-club and we have photographs of past and present cricketers from all countries. We wanted to show, in our way – displeasure – on whatever is happening right now. It is a mark of protest. We have covered it as of now but can’t say right now if we would take it down,” quoted Udani.
Imran Khan is facing severe backlash from India and across the globe for keeping mum on this tragedy. The former cricketer-turned-Prime Minister has not commented on the Pulwana terror attacks as yet.