In reference to repercussions of Pulwama terror attack, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Dharamshala has removed the photos of Pakistani cricketers from the picture gallery of its stadium.
A similar incident happened a few days ago only when pictures of Pakistani cricketers were removed from Mohali Stadium, Punjab.
HPCA general manager, HS Minhas on Tuesday said, “The reason is known to the entire nation. What our neighbor has done with us, our soldiers, it is neither acceptable now nor will ever be. No country will ever tolerate such things.”HPCA is an international stadium where visitors come from across the globe.
Minhas added, “After this incident, we do not want the pictures of Pakistani cricketers to hang on our walls. So, we have vacated the place and there is no space for them as of now.”
Previously, the Cricket Club in India at its Brabourne stadium in Mumbai covered the photograph of Pak cricketer Imran Khan, while the pictures of Pak players have been withdrawn from the stadiums in Mohali, and Jaipur too.
When Minhas was asked about whether they faced any obligation from the visitors, he said: “Unfortunately yes, visitors had issues earlier as well. But this time the scenario is bigger. So we had to take the action.”
He also said: “If they have made up their mind to damage us, nobody would like to see those people playing with our team.”
About 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in a brutal terror attack on their convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on February 14.
Immediately after the attack, Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, took the responsibility for the attack and said that it was carried out by its suicide bomber.