Umar Draz, from
the eastern Pakistani district of Okara in Punjab, was charged
under the Pakistan Penal Code, which is reserved for crimes
considered contravening Pakistan's sovereignty and carrying a
sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Police said they received information on Monday that Draz had
hoisted the Indian flag. He went on the run, but police managed
to find him on Tuesday.
"It's illegal to hoist the flag of another country," police
officer Ismail Khan said. "Yesterday he was presented before a
local court and sent to jail" while he awaits trial.
The detained man told the media that he is a fan of Kohli, who
secured India's victory in the Twenty20 International against
Australia this week.
Police confirmed that Draz had photographs of the cricketer all
over his house.
Majority-Hindu India and majority-Muslim Pakistan became two
different countries in 1947 when they became independent of
Britain. They have since fought three wars and both claim the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Protesters in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir are
regularly arrested for hoisting Pakistani flags and chanting
slogans in support of Pakistan.
(Reporting by Amjad Ali; Writing by Mehreen Zahra-Malik; Editing
by Nick Macfie)
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