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Champions Trophy 2017: Joy in Kashmir is referendum favouring Pakistan, Rasheed tells Delhi

Muhammad Amir, the Pakistani pacer, runs in excitement after bowling out Indian top batsman and captain, Virat Kohli .

Srinagar: Asking New Delhi to learn lessons from the celebrations held all across Kashmir after Pakistan’s victory over India in Champions Trophy 2017, MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday said that the anti-India sentiment has got deep rooted cutting across political, sectarian or any other lines.

In a statement issued today, Rasheed said, “it is strange that Indian TV Channels are still trying to distort the facts and putting their own narratives and fabricated versions of the whole story.”

Pakistan cricket team won by 180 runs and lifted Champions Trophy tiled over India in The Oval on Sunday. Whole Kashmir erupted with joy and massive pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans were raised across the length and breadth of Valley.

Langate lawmaker Er Rasheed speaking in J&K Legislative Assembly on June 17, 2017. (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)

“The way Kashmiris celebrated Pakistan’s victory over India in Champions Trophy, not only in cities and towns, but in the remotest hamlets from Kupwara to Kishtwar, it is proven beyond doubt that New Delhi is ruling through the barrel of the gun and has failed miserably to win hearts and minds of even those who had some corner for New Delhi in Kashmir. It is strange that even large number of cops belonging to local (JK) police were praying and praising for Pakistan which is an ample proof that New Delhi’s grip on Kashmir is now only through the courtesy of military might. The celebrations have proved like a referendum against India’s all arrogances,” he said.

The MLA Langate added that though sports have to be always delinked from politics and Kashmiris are not enemies of India “but it is New Delhi and its harsh media which have always shamelessly and without logic used cricket to score political points over Pakistan and even so called political experts were abusing Pakistan after its victory over England”.

He appealed Indian intelligentsia to “read writing on the wall and force its rulers to have a settlement to Kashmir dispute through self determination in the interests of people of the sub-continent”.

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