You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

MLAs bat for release of cricketers held for playing Pak anthem

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Majeed and Independent today strongly raised in the Assembly the issue of four cricketers being detained for allegedly playing the Pakistani national anthem before a match in district on Sunday.

Majeed urged the state to "pardon" the young cricketers, while tried to defend them and protested in the House. was subsequently marshalled out of the House.

"I say sorry on their behalf in the House," Majeed said.

"They should be pardoned and cases against them should be withdrawn, as the has withdrawn cases against stone pelters... We want our youth to take a positive direction," he said.

The Police arrested the four cricketers after a video surfaced on the Internet, purportedly showing the young men playing Pakistan's national anthem ahead of a match.

Speaking to reporters later, Majeed strongly batted for their release. He said the cricketers might have acted under pressure from mischievous elements during the match.

"The police is after them. Some of them are in jail and others are on the run as media has given a lot of attention... I have raised the issue before the to pardon them," he said.

Raising the issue, Rashid protested in the House and was soon marshaled out of the Assembly on the direction of the

Later, he told reporters that his colleague in the House, Majeed, should not have apologised for the cricketers.

"had been seeking votes for last eight years by displaying green clothes. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed thanked and militants for his victory in the elections. An FIR should be registered against if you have registered FIR against the cricketers," Rashid said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:16 IST