Kohli’s Pakistani fan faces 10-yr jail for hoisting tri-colour

Lahore (PTI): A Pakistani die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is facing up to 10 years imprisonment after being arrested for hoisting the Indian tri-colour atop his home in Punjab Province which he had done to show his love for the cricketer.

22-year-old Umar Draz, a tailor by profession from Okara district of Punjab province, was produced before a district court yesterday who sent him to jail on judicial remand.


Draz was arrested on January 26 when India beat Australia in a T20 match and Kohli scored 90 runs. Police raided Draz home on a complaint that he hoisted the Indian flag on the rooftop of his house.

Police registered a case under section 123-A of Pakistan Penal Code and 16 Maintenance of Public Order against him.

The section 123-A (acts of damaging the sovereignty of the country) carries maximum punishment of 10 years in jail or fine or both.

Draz pleaded before the judge that he hoisted the Indian flag only for his love for Kohli.

Police had sought his physical remand for investigation into the case, however, the judge sent him to jail on judicial remand.

Earlier, talking to reporters Draz said: “I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer.”

He said he had no idea that he committed a crime, urging the authorities concerned to pardon him as he should be seen as “an Indian cricketer’s fan.”

Poster size photographs of Kohli were also found pasted on the walls of his house.
Police seized the flag and Kohli’s posters and pictures.


    • how many year jail in india if some one show pakistana flag – wonders some Deepaka Shettre

      Same number of years as for lynching a man for allegedly possessing beef, I guess.

    • Abeee praveena ….you still stick in beef…lol – ದೀಪಕ ಶೆಟ್ಟ್ರೇ

      ಇಜ್ಜಿ ಯಾ ದೀಪಕ, ಅವೆನ್ ಎಡ್ಡೆ ಬೈಪೋಡ್. ಪಂಜಿಸ್ (sponge) ಲೆಕ್ಕ ಆಪುಂಡು! ಬೊಕ್ಕ ಪ್ಲೇಟ್ ಪ್ಲೇಟ್ ಥಿನೊಲಿ. 🙂

  1. It’s fascinating to see how quickly Beef club members like joker praveena comes running to defend Pakistaan with his false moral equivalencies!! They never stop apologizing for terrorists. Here is what they don’t realize – If it wasn’t for a strong protection provided by sanaathana forces, they would be ……………..!!! Then again, how do you explain logic and facts to an irrational group known only for self-hatred and denial? Depressing indeed!

    • If it wasn’t for a strong protection provided by sanaathana forces, they would be ……………..!! – Joker Murudu RamPai

      Lol! When you had such “strong protection” by the ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಜುಗುಪ್ಸೆ forces (RSS chelas), why on your ಅಖಂಡ ಭಾರತ and ಜೊಂಬ್ಲಸ್ಸ್ ಗಿಡ್ಡ ಲಂಗ/ಚಡ್ಡಿ did you have to ಫೋರೀನ್?

      What a joke + joker + applauding audience too! 🙂

      Man, you sure have my day. God bless! 🙂

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