Pro Pakistan slogans at Eden Gardens? Nearly 40,000 people assembled to watch the ‘Super 10’ match in the ICC World T-20

Tarekh fateh showed his concern that who were those Muslims who were chanting Pro Pakistan slogans at Eden Gardens? According to Tarekh Fatheh these are not the Muslims coming from Bangladesh they are the Indian Muslims from West Bengal and Bihar who are supporting Pakistan, because if they were Bangladeshi Muslims they would have chanted Pro Bangladesh and Anti Pakistan slogans.

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The match between Bangladesh and Pakistan has witnessed overwhelming support for Pakistan at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday evening, for the first time in its post-independence history of nearly 70 years.

 

The support has surprised many, including Pakistani cricketers and even police officials. Nearly 40,000 people assembled to watch the ‘Super 10’ match in the ICC World T-20 in the Eden and the support for Pakistan was “overwhelming,” cricket correspondents of Bangladesh and some of the spectators said.

Azad Majumdar, Sports Editor of one of the leading papers of Bangladesh New Age, told The Hindu that he “never expected” such support for Pakistan.

“Eleven Bengalis were playing in the Eden Gardens only two days before the India-Pakistan match. We all thought that the entire support would go to Bangladesh as the defeat of Pakistan would have demoralised them before a match with India. More importantly [we expected the support] as Bangladesh was playing in the Eden Gardens after 26 years,” Mr. Majumdar said.

“But what we witnessed has shocked us. It was only about 1,500 Bangladeshi supporters who supported Bangladesh and the entire local crowd backed Pakistan,” said Mr Majumdar, also the correspondent of AFP in Bangladesh.

The event has surprised British-Bangladeshi Sabir Mustafa, who is holidaying in Kolkata, and went to the Eden Gardens to watch the match.

“Seventy per cent of the support was for Pakistan. I thought it would be other way round in Eden,” said Mr. Mustafa.

 “Both teams were getting support from the locals, but every time Pakistani batsmen hit a boundary the cheers were deafening, while the cheers for Bangladesh were a bit muted,” he said.

The support, in fact, surprised Pakistan cricketers as well. Former skipper Mohammad Hafeez said at the post-match press conference that the support was “unbelievable.”

“Never expected to hear Pakistan jitega [Pakistan will win] in Kolkata. It was unbelievable,” Hafeez said

Another businessman Asad Chowdhury said the huge backing for Pakistan “was particularly unfortunate as the relationship between India and Bangladesh is at its best over the last decade.”

“Huge sloganeering was going on for Pakistan. I would say it is shocking to find out such overwhelming love for Pakistan in Kolkata and not for Bangladesh,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu. The response in the Eden Gardens perhaps has confused the Indian intelligence the most.

“We heard about this [support for Pakistan]. We definitely need to find out more about it,” a senior central intelligence official told The Hindu.

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