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Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Mohali stadium after Pulwama attack

The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) on Sunday removed the photographs of Pakistani cricketers from various points inside Mohali stadium as a “humble step” to show solidarity with the families of soldiers killed in the Pulwama  attack.

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The decision was taken at a meeting of the cricket body’s office bearers in Chandigargh, PCA treasurer Ajay Tyagi told PTI. “As a humble step, the PCA has decided to show its solidarity with the families of slains of the Pulwama attack. There is so much anger in the nation against the heinous attack and PCA is no different in this,” Tyagi said.

He said there are nearly 15 photos of Pakistani cricketers, which were kept inside the stadium at various points including in the galleries, long room, reception and ‘hall of fame’ area.

The Shahid Afridi-led Pakistani side had faced a 29-run defeat at India’s hands in the 2011 World Cup cricket semi-finals which was played here in March. Tyagi said among the Pakistani cricketers whose photographs have been removed are present Prime Minister Imran Khan, Afridi, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram.

Forty nine CRPF men were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a bus in Pulwama district.

Courtesy Press Trust of India

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