Shami abused, Kashmiris beaten after Pakistan thrash India

Rising hatred against Muslims and continued upsurge of Hindu extremism under the RSS-inspired Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in India is no secret today. An example of this phenomenon was witnessed following Pakistan’s emphatic win over their archrival during their first T20 World Cup encounter in Dubai on Sunday. A torrent of social media abuse was unleashed against India’s only Muslim player, while Kashmiri students were physically assaulted in various colleges of Indian Punjab late on Sunday, after Pakistan’s 10-wicket thrashing at the T20 World Cup encounter. Previously Pakistan had never won against India in a world cup match. On Sunday, the team broke that jinx in style, with a statement of authoritative performance that will haunt the Indians for a while. The important factor of the match was that at no point India felt its grip on the play. India’s 31-year-old fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, became the main target after the defeat in Dubai, even though Indian captain Virat Kohli acknowledged himself that his side had been “outplayed” by the Pakistani team. Read More than just a sports win Thousands of vitriolic messages were left on social media, including Shami’s Instagram account, calling him a traitor and alleging he had taken money to throw the game. However, a host of Indian cricket legends, fans, and politicians spoke out against the hate onslaught and urged support for him. Former and present cricket players, including country’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, came to Shami’s support while expressing shock that the attacks on their star bowler. And in Punjab state students from Kashmir said they were beaten up. A student at a technology institute in Sangrur said dozens of men armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked them as they watched the closing stages of the game. According to the Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the Hindutva terrorists hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar barged into the hostels and beat up Kashmiri students ruthlessly at Bhai Guru Das Institute of Engineering and Technology in Sangrur, Punjab. One of the students live-streamed the assault on Facebook, while the students were being attacked with rods and sticks as the attackers barged into their rooms. “They had broken the windowpanes of the rooms and were continuously shouting ‘You Are Pakistanis’,” a student, Shoiab, said. Read more PM Imran felicitates Afghanistan team on emphatic WC win “Locals from Punjab, mostly Sikhs, came to our rescue. They tried to save us from these attacks,” added another student. Nasir Khuehami, spokesperson for Jammu and Kashmir Student Association said that he had received distressing phone calls from Kashmiri students in of Punjab after India’s defeat. Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), called on the Indian players to reject the hate messages just as they had backed the Black Lives Matter movement. “Your BLM knee-taking counts for nothing if you can’t stand up for your teammate who is being horribly abused and trolled,” Abdullah said on Twitter. “Ignore the haters, most of India’s grateful for your effort,” said another supporter on Instagram. Not just in India, the match also sparked violence in neighbouring Bangladesh. According to some media reports on Monday, two Pakistan supporters were beaten by Indian fans as they celebrated the win in one southern district. (AGENCIES)

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