Firing on LoC: Blame game and spillovers continue
Firing between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed region of Kashmir has left five soldiers dead (two Indians and three Pakistanis). In India, the issue became a front-page story with the media expressing outrage over reports that the body of one Indian soldier was allegedly mutilated by the Pakistanis.
The incident fuelled tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours and Indian political parties have minced no words in their calls for retribution.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday called the act “barbaric” and said it was no more “business as usual” with Islamabad.
Anti-Pakistan sentiment spilled over in India in the fields of art and sports, reminiscent of the snub of Pakistani players in the cash-rich Indian Premier League after the Mumbai attacks of 2008.
Here’s a list. We’ll keep updating it.
- Indian hockey officials have released all nine Pakistani players signed up to play in a new franchise-based league after protests against the athletes in Mumbai on Sunday. (Reuters)
Around 100 members of the hardline right-wing Shiv Sena had protested at a stadium on Sunday where four Pakistani players, contracted by the Mumbai Magicians team, were practising.
- In women’s cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC), asking if its matches in the upcoming Women’s World Cup could be shifted out of Mumbai.
The PCB says it is concerned about players’ safety in light of the Shiv Sena protests against hockey players. The World Cup begins Jan 25. (NDTV)
- Two Pakistani singers, who were to supposed to perform in India later this month, had their shows cancelled as a fallout of the Kashmir flare-up.
Javed Bashir, a classical singer, was to perform at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on Monday but the organisers decided not to go ahead with the show. (IBN Live)
Pop singer and actor Ali Zafar was scheduled to perform in Pune but protests by Shiv Sainiks led to the cancellation of the show. (IBN Live)