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Cricket teams’ names depict love for Mujahideen in IOK

Srinagar, April 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the extent of love, which mujahideen enjoy from Kashmiri people can be gauged from the fact that even cricket teams are being named after renowned mujahideen.

Burhan Lions, Aabid Khan Qalandars and Khalid Aryans — all three Kashmiri cricket teams, which played in a tournament in Tral — were all named after martyred freedom fighters out of love.

One of the organisers said that the tournament was held in the memory of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, brother of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Khalid was killed by the Indian Army last year in Pulwama. The Army had called Khalid a militant and said he died in an encounter.

Burhan, the inspiration behind Burhan Lions, is known in the area as a cricket-loving boy and the son of a local headmaster who left home to join the Hizbul Mujahideen in 2010.

Aabid Khan Qalandars was named after mujahid commander, Aabid Khan, who was killed in 2014 by troops during a siege and search operation.

The Khalid Aryans — named after Burhan’s brother — went on to lift the trophy on April 24, defeating the United XI of Tral. “The tournament was organised by Khalid’s friends in his memory,” said an organiser. “This is the first time we have seen teams named after mujahid commanders.”

“Pro-freedom songs” were played at the opening ceremony of the tournament on February 22, while at the finals, Khalid and Burhan’s father Muzaffar Ahmad Wani was invited as the chief guest. As he handed the trophy to the Khalid Aryans, a crowd of more than 1,000 cheered at Tral’s Eidgah ground.

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Kashmir Media Service
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