Pakistani sports presenter Zainab Abbas, who arrived in India to cover the ICC ODI World Cup, has been given a safe exit from India following a complaint filed against her by a Delhi-based lawyer. The complaint alleged that Abbas had made derogatory remarks about the Hindu faith and beliefs in past posts on social media platforms, including Twitter.

Zainab Abbas Left India Over Safety Concerns

Zainab Abbas left India citing “safety concerns” amidst allegations related to cybercrime and her anti-India social media posts. This move came as screenshots of her Hinduphobic remarks spread like wildfire across social media, sparking outrage among netizens and calls for action from both the Indian government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Zainab’s incident took place just hours before Pakistan’s second World Cup match against Sri Lanka, adding a dramatic twist to the already highly anticipated tournament. Despite the controversy, Abbas had expressed her excitement about covering the quadrennial event in India through various social media posts in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Legal Action for Hurting Hindu Sentiments

Delhi-based lawyer Vineet Jindal played a pivotal role in this development. He filed a complaint against Abbas, urging authorities to take appropriate action against her. In his tweet, Jindal demanded the filing of an FIR under sections 153A, 295, 506, 121 of the Indian Penal Code and section 67 of the Information Technology Act. He also called for Abbas’s removal from the list of presenters for the ICC World Cup, emphasizing that “anti-Bharat” sentiments would not be tolerated in India.

Pakistan commenced their World Cup campaign with a shaky victory against the Netherlands, recovering from the early loss of wickets. With the upcoming matches against Sri Lanka and the highly awaited clash against arch-rivals India, Pakistan’s cricket journey continues, overshadowed by the unexpected incident of Zainab Abbas, a prominent figure in sports media.

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