Cricket Club of India ‘covers’ portrait of PM Khan in protest

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The Cricket Club of India, which is home to the prestigious Bourbone Stadium, covered a picture of Prime Minister Imran Khan from his cricketing days hung at a wall of a restaurant inside the club premises in protest over the Pulwama attack that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers.

On Thursday, a van filled with explosives, charged through a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Jammu Srinagar National Highway. Forty Indian soldiers were killed in the attack and multiple were injured.

Within a few hours of the attack, India blamed Pakistan for being complicit in the act. Islamabad denied accusations and claimed that India was beating the war drums as elections were near.

CCI President Premal Udani spoke to an Indian news agency and confirmed that Prime Minister Khan’s picture had indeed been covered.

“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 mark of protest. We have covered it as of now but can’t say right now if we would take it down,” said Udani.

A senior official of the CCI told an Indian news agency that Imran Khan’s portrait is hung at a wall of the ‘Porbunder All-rounder’, a restaurant inside the premises of the club.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is considered among the greatest cricketers of all time. He captained Pakistan to its sole world cup glory in 1992 in England.

He was elected prime minister in the 2018 general elections after his party rose to political prominence in Pakistan in 2011.