Four cricketers arrested for playing Pakistan anthem in Occupied Kashmir

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Once again the practice has come to the fore where Kashmiri cricket teams wear Pakistani jerseys and play the country's national anthem before a match.

Hindustan Times reported that during a match in Bandipora, where the video was recorded, the two teams in the match were seen standing in line with their heads bowed as Pakistan's national anthem played in the background.

The players, participating in a local cricket match, were detained for questioning from Arin area on Sunday, police said, adding that search was on for other participants of the game.

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The stadium where the incident took place seems to be a local ground situated among hillocks.

The police said they were looking for the tournament organisers and other players involved in the incident. "We have arrested four people", Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, senior superintendent of police, Bandipora, told DNA.

The match was supposed to be between two teams - MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club. According to media reports, after watching a video being viral on social media, the police filed a case against the players and arrested four out of them.

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Over the last two years, there have been several instances when the Pakistan national anthem was played during cricket matches in the Valley.

This is not the first instance where Kashmiri cricketers have disrespected the nation by paying respects to Pakistan's national anthem.

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