Cricket Club of India removes Imran Khan's portrait: Details here
The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has removed the portrait of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan. This action has been taken by CCI in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. The Pakistani Prime Minister's portrait was placed in the All rounder restaurant of the club. Another photograph of Imran along with his national team members has also been removed. Here's more.
"We know which country is behind the terror attack. It was decided that the sentiments of the people of the country were to be upheld and therefore the move to remove his portrait," a senior committee member told India Today.
Earlier, CCI President Premal Udani had confirmed Imran's portrait was covered as a mark of protest, but now it has been taken down entirely. Earlier this week, a convoy of CRPF which had 70 buses was attacked on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. A Scorpio, laced with nearly 350kg of explosives, rammed into a bus. 40 jawans lost their lives and nearly 50 were seriously injured.
The sports club houses the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai and has photographs of several past and present cricketers from across the globe. Earlier, Imran had twice played for Pakistan against India at the Brabourne Stadium. He had captained the side in a festival game here against India in 1987. Imran also played against Australia in a Nehru Cup game in 1989.
Imran Khan is yet to break his silence on the Pulwama attack and his refusal to condemn the cowardly act saw the CCI make this decision. Pakistan-based terror organization Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the terror attack. The incident is the deadliest terrorist strike in almost two decades in J&K. The sporting fraternity, including Indian captain Virat Kohli, has condemned the attack.