ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Infor­mation and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Wednes­day slammed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for politicizing sports event in a bid to gain politi­cal mileage.

“What type of a person Modi is if he gets fright­ened from a sports event in Kashmir, and [asking] the Indian Cricket Board to threaten those internation­al players with permanent closure of Indian cricket’s doors [on them] who takes part in the Kashmir Pre­mier League (KPL),” he said while addressing logo revealing ceremony of Mu­zaffarabad Tiger. 

He said the KPL had be­come successful even be­fore its inauguration due to such repressive acts of Modi who was desperate to impose his extremist poli­cies on the game of cricket. 

His remarks came in the backdrop of revelations made by some internation­al players that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been forc­ibly stopping them to par­ticipate in the KPL, which would kick off on August 6.

Farrukh said the KPL would not only bring in­ternational cricket to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) , but also give an opportu­nity to its youth to improve their cricketing skills.

He said Modi’s tyranni­cal mindset was not only limited to cricket, but also went on journalism as In­dia had lately refused to allow foreign journalists, who supposed to attend August 5 session of AJK’s Legislative Assembly, to visit Pakistan.

The Minister said such ‘autocratic steps’ of Modi had fully exposed the so-called world’s largest de­mocracy. India believed in creating barriers in the same manner as its Prime Minister did in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) where eight million people were put in captivity.

He expressed confidence over the success of KPL and said the mega cricketing event would help spread a message across the globe that ‘the people of Kashmir are peaceful, sports-loving and amicable.’

On the occasion, he also congratulated Arshad Nadeem who had qualified for final of the men’s javelin at the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 85.16 metres.