On Friday, police arrested five Kashmiri Muslims after they unfurled a Pakistani flag and cheered as the Pakistan team defeated India, winning the series 2-1. According to an Associated Press report, the episode prompted angry comments on social media. “Kashmir’s police commissioner has ordered an investigation into what he called ‘a display of nationalistic insensitivity’ in the Pakistani flag-raising incident,” said the report. Earlier on Friday, Pakistan won the deciding match of the series against India by dismissing India for 73, and won the match by 31 runs.
The incident first happened at a local restaurant in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The restaurant’s owners have reportedly apologized for the incident.
Earlier this month, the chief justice of Pakistan announced a law to prevent attacks on Pakistan’s defense establishment or military. The act would grant the military authority to arrest and prosecute people suspected of planning attacks on the army or military. Justice Saqib Nisar also said the law would bring more transparency to the country’s military spending and armament, a desire long-frequented by Pakistan’s military.
This is the second recent ban on Kashmiri Muslims celebrating national teams wins.
Earlier this year, the High Court of Pakistan, ruled that Pakistanis could no longer celebrate when the team won the ICC World Cup on home soil in 2015. At the time, the court also ruled that play at cricket grounds should not be interrupted for national teams’ matches. “The court’s instructions are not dissimilar to the old English one to bring order in cricket grounds so as to not disrupt normal cricket,” wrote The New York Times.