The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to boycott the Pakistan International Series scheduled to be held in Islamabad later this month as an act of “solidarity” with the government’s diplomatic offensive against Pakistan.
Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, BAI President said in a release that no Indian player is going to take part at the BWF International series which is slated from October 18th to 21st.
“The announcement comes as an act of solidarity with the decisions of the government of India in wake of the ongoing tensions between the two countries,” Dr Das Gupta said.
“On behalf of the council members of BAI and the entire badminton fraternity, we express strong concerns and support towards the sentiments of our fellow citizens of India.”
After the Uri terror attack, where 19 Indian soldiers were martyred, relations between India and Pakistan soured and BCCI president Anurag Thakur has also said that ICC should not club India in the same group as Pakistan for ICC events.If we see the television serials, Pakistan has banned India TV serials after the surgical strikes. Amid the tensions between the two nations over the deteriorating situation at the border, theatres in Pakistan have also begun taking down Bollywood films. PEMRA said it had received numerous complaints about “illegal Indian content” on satellite TV channels and distribution networks. While no prominent Pakistani artiste was in India when the ban was imposed, concerts of Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam were cancelled in view of the hostilities.