A Pakistani fan of Indian Skipper Virat Kohli has been slapped with a 10-year imprisonment in a Pakistani jail for hoisting the Indian Flag atop his home in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
Umar Draz, a 22-year old tailor, is a die-hard fan of the Indian batsman Kohli and hoisted the Indian flag to show his love for his idol.
The incident took place on January 26, when India beat Australia by 37 runs in the first T20 International match where Kohli scored 90 runs. Draz, elated by the win and his favourite cricketer’s performance, expressed it by hoisting the Indian National flag at the terrace of his home.
Pakistan police arrested him for disrupting public order by hoisting the Indian flag and a case was registered under Section 123 (A) and Section 16 under Pakistan Penal Code.
Section 123(A) under Pakistan Penal Code is used against a person when he is found indulging in acts disrupting the sovereignty of the country and it carries a maximum punishment of 10 years.
Umar Draz was arrested on January 26 and was produced before the court on Wednesday.
However, Draz pleaded before the judge saying that he only hoisted the flag to show his love for Kohli and that he did not know that such an act would be considered a crime.