Photographs of Pakistani cricketers placed on walls of Indian Stadiums were removed by the authorities after 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. After Cricket Club of India removed Imran Khan’s portrait, Punjab Cricket Association also followed the suit.
The photographs included portraits of former Pakistan captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi’s photographs were also removed. They also included those of the 2011 World Cup semi-final match played between India and Pakistan in Mohali.
Then Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, Manmohan Singh and Yousaf Raza Gilani, and other dignitaries, had watched the match in Mohali on March 30, 2011.
A CRPF convoy of 78 vehicles carrying 2,547 soldiers was attacked by a car bomb in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. More than 40 CRPF jawans were killed and many others were injured. This is termed as the worst attack on Indian soldiers since 1989 insurgency started in the valley.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that a strong-reply will be given to the Pakistan based terror outfit ‘Jaish-e-Mohammed. Pakistan has said that Indian government and media are linking the attacks to the country without any investigation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the sacrifices of our Jawans won’t go in vain and have given free hand to security forces, no one will be spared. India have already ended the most favored nation status for Pakistan. India might also hold the process of talks between India and Pakistan over Kartarpur corridor.