Kashmir on edge ahead of India-Pakistan ICC clash

Srinagar, June 18 :As arch rivals India and Pakistan clash at the ICC Champions Trophy finals on Sunday, authorities admit they will have a problem on hand irrespective of who wins at the Lords.

Restrictions on movement of people have been imposed in areas falling under five police station areas in Srinagar’s Old City although the separatists have not called any shutdown or protest on Sunday.

Two international cricket matches have been played in Srinagar at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium.

The first was between India and the West Indies on October 13, 1983 and the second between India and Australia on September 6, 1986.

Spectators rushed into the middle of the ground and dug up the pitch during the first event and cheered India’s defeat by raising anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans in the second event.

After separatist violence started in Kashmir in early 1989-90, tempers began to soar during India-Pakistan sporting clashes.

People have poured out in hundreds on the streets in jubilation whenever Pakistan won a match against India.

After 1990, the other addition to this rush of blood has been youths engaging the security forces in clashes whenever Pakistan loses an event to India.

That certainly remains a major problem for the authorities in the troubled Valley.

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