Valley bursts into rapture as Pakistan lifts Champions Trophy

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 20, 2017

Handwara: Asking New Delhi to learn lessons from the celebrations held all across Kashmir after Pakistan's victory over India in Champions Trophy, AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Monday said that the anti-India sentiment has got deep rooted cutting across political, sectarian or any other lines in Kashmir.

"I am shocked. we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way", Amit Sharma told news agency AFP at Delhi's Connaught Place.

Disgruntled Indian fans quietly walked away from open air screenings in disbelief.

"We had planned big celebrations for what seemed like a sure shot victory for us with the way we were playing and also how Pakistan had just scraped into the final", Sharma added. "But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India", Raju Verma, an auto driver, told AFP. "The way Kashmiris celebrated Pakistan's victory over India in Champions Trophy, not only in cities and towns, but in the remotest hamlets from Kupwara to Kishtwar, it is proven beyond doubt that New Delhi is ruling through the barrel of gun and has failed miserably to win hearts and minds of even those who had some corner for New Delhi in Kashmir".

Meanwhile, a cricket fan who was among the spectators at the Oval with the shirt bearing the words "winner takes Kashmir" was also trolled over social media after Pakistan defeat India by 180 runs in the final. "It is a dream come true", a Kashmiri youth shouted in support of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team.

Underdogs Pakistan, who lost their opener to India by 124 runs, turned around their fortunes in the 50-over tournament to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy crown.

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup.

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