Kashmir students face terror law for cheering Pakistan win

October 28, 2021
England’s Dawid Malan (left) and teammate Jason Roy run between the wickets during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi, UAE, yesterday. England continued their perfect start at the Men’s T20 World Cup with an eight-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh. SCORES: Bangladesh 124-9 (20 overs): Tymal Mills 3-27, Liam Livingstone 2-15, Moeen Ali 2-18; England 126-2 (14.1 overs): Jason Roy 61 (38), Dawid Malan 28* (25).
England’s Dawid Malan (left) and teammate Jason Roy run between the wickets during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi, UAE, yesterday. England continued their perfect start at the Men’s T20 World Cup with an eight-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh. SCORES: Bangladesh 124-9 (20 overs): Tymal Mills 3-27, Liam Livingstone 2-15, Moeen Ali 2-18; England 126-2 (14.1 overs): Jason Roy 61 (38), Dawid Malan 28* (25).
Namibia's David Wiese bats during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match against Scotland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, yesterday. Namibia won by four wickets. SCORES: Scotland 109/8 off 20 overs; Namibia 115/6 off 19.1 overs.
Namibia's David Wiese bats during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match against Scotland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, yesterday. Namibia won by four wickets. SCORES: Scotland 109/8 off 20 overs; Namibia 115/6 off 19.1 overs.
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SRINAGAR, India (AP):

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir are investigating students and staff at two medical colleges under a harsh anti-terror law for celebrating India's loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in a T20 World Cup cricket game, officials said on Tuesday.

Police said some students and staff at the government-run colleges cheered and shouted pro-Pakistan slogans during the match on Sunday night, calling it "anti-national" activity.

Pakistan crushed India by 10 wickets for their first-ever victory against their arch-rivals in a T20 World Cup game in Dubai. Minutes after Pakistan won the match, hundreds of people in Kashmir danced in the streets, lit firecrackers and chanted "Long live Pakistan" while seeking the end of India's rule over the disputed region.

The celebrations came as India's powerful home minister, Amit Shah, was visiting the region for the first time since New Delhi in 2019 stripped Kashmir of its semi-autonomy, scrapped its statehood and removed inherited protections on land and jobs, further fuelling tensions in the region.

Love of cricket, a legacy of Britain's long colonial role of South Asia, is one of the few things that unites Pakistan and India despite their long history of animosity that has fuelled three wars since the subcontinent's partition in 1947, including two over control of Kashmir, which is divided between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

The fracas over Sunday's match shows how easily passions can be inflamed in predominantly Muslim Kashmir, where anti-India sentiment runs deep. Rebels have been fighting for Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan since 1989.

A police spokesman said authorities on Monday registered preliminary investigations at two police stations in the city of Srinagar under the anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Police said the suspects were yet to be identified and officers were using videos of the celebrations on social media in an attempt to name them.

The anti-terror law was amended in 2019 to allow the government to designate individuals as terrorists. Police can detain people for six months without producing any evidence, and the accused can subsequently be imprisoned for up to seven years. Rights activists have called the law draconian.

Over a dozen Kashmiri students were attacked in India's northern Punjab state for celebrating Pakistan's victory, news reports said.

India describes the armed rebellion in the portion of Kashmir it controls as a Pakistan proxy war and state-sponsored terrorism. Most Muslim Kashmiris consider it a legitimate freedom struggle.

The region is one of the most heavily militarised in the world. Tens of thousands of civilians, rebels and government forces have been killed in the conflict.

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