Pulwama attack: Cricket Club of India covers portrait of Pak PM Imran Khan

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Two days after the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama where 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Saturday covered the portrait of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at its Brabourne stadium headquarters here.

CCI president Premal Udani told media: “We respect Imran Khan’s cricket credentials but at the same time he is Pakistan’s Prime Minister and we’re just showing our solidarity with our forces and our country. We have temporarily covered his portrait but we will soon meet and decide over removing his portrait from the CCI permanently. It’s a weekend and we hope in some days, we will have a detailed board meet and a decision for the removal of this portrait will be taken,” Udani said.

In an interview in 2012, Imran Khan, as chief of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief, had promised to root out anti-India terror if voted to power.

“When we build a new Pakistan, we will give you evidence of our action. It’s my word to you that we would allow nobody to capitalize politics of hate,” he had said.

But the world found Imran Khan on an unnerving crease after he became the prime minister of Pakistan.

In October last year, Masood Azhar issued an audacious appeal to Khan for a terror attack on India. The Jaish-e-Mohammad struck Pulwama on Valentine’s day this year.