Star batsman Virat Kohli’s brother, Vikas, has agreed to seek his brother’s views on convincing the Pakistan government to exonerate the die-hard fan who has been sent to jail for hoisting the Indian flag on his house roof in Okara city in Pakistan. Umar Draz, a Pakistani fan of Kohli has been arrested for the crime and has claimed to be ignorant of his country law.
“Yes, we have heard about this incident and feel sorry for the fan. I shall certainly seek Virat’s views after the match on Friday. We will also consult the right people and decide whether to approach the Pakistan government. We are in a family function today and can’t think of the right people to be identified for this appeal at this moment but will surely speak to Virat,” Vikas said.
Draz was arrested on January 26 when India had defeated the Australian team in the T20 opener where Kohli scored an unbeaten 90. Police raided Draz’s home and found posters of the cricketer. Regional police officer Faisal Rana said Draz was charged under Pakistan’s penal code with acting against Pakistan’s sovereignty. He could face up to 10 years in prison.
“Daraz initially told us that he is a true Pakistani but likes Kohli and never knew that was a crime. His act is against our country’s sovereignty and is against the ideology of Pakistan. He is a diehard fan of Kohli and there were big posters pasted on the walls of his house,” Rana told media.
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