Virat Kohli fan in Pakistan faces 10-years jail term for hoisting Indian flag. A Pakistan die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is likely to face an imprisonment of upto 10 years after being arrested on charges of hoisting Indian tricolor flag atop his residence in Punjab province, Lahore. His name Umar Draz (22-year-old) is a tailor by profession from Okara district Punjab province in Pakistan. Draz was arrested on January 26 when Indian beat Australia in a T20 match in which Kohli scored 90 runs. Police raided Draz home on a complaint that he hoisted the Indian flag on the rooftop of his house.
Umar Draz was produced before a district court on Wednesday who sent him to jail on judicial remand.
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 a 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.
Draz told reporters “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.”
Draz said he had no idea that he committed a crime, and urged authorities to pardon him. He said he should be seen as “an Indian cricketer’s fan and not as a spy”.
Police have also found posters size photographs of Kohli pasted on the walls of Draz’s house.
Police seized the flag along with Kohli’s posters and pictures.