ICC clarifies incident of air spread political messages
Controversial chaos dispersed during the ICC World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Headingley on Saturday when an airplane was seen flying above the ground carrying anti-Pakistan banners.
Soon after the incident broke out, the International Cricket Council issued a statement clarifying that they don’t endorse any political message.
The plane spread placards in the sky with slogans ‘Justice for Balochistan’ and ‘Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan’, written in big, bold black and red letters.
Human rights activists from the World Baloch Organisation and the Baloch Republican Party had conducted the campaign to bring the continuously worsening human rights violation in Pakistan.
The international Cricket Council, therefore, released a statement saying that they don’t overlook any political activities during the sports’ mega event. It also added that they will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with the matter.
“We work with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of incident occurring and were assured that given Headingley is under the flight path for the Leeds Bradford Airport it would not be an issue. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with and understand why this happened and to ensure it does not happen again,” the statement read.
The voices of the oppressed cannot be suppressed forever, we will paint our message in the skies if we have to!. #Balochistan
— WBO (@WorldBalochOrg) June 29, 2019
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 29, 2019