New Delhi, 9 October 2023 (TDI): India deported Zainab Abbas during ODI World Cup, a renowned Pakistani presenter, due to allegations of tweets made 8 years ago, reportedly against the Hindu religion and India, as claimed by an Indian lawyer on October 9.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) chose Zainab Abbas to be the official presenter of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which makes this circumstance notable.

Zainab Abbas has been working to highlight the “cultural similarities” between Pakistan and India, but now she is having to deal with lies from Indian online trolls.

The Pakistan-born presenter who was covering the major event in India is said to have moved to Dubai as a result of the incident.

Speculation has been rampant, with some sources claiming that the ICC is powerless to combat what they perceive to be Indian propaganda.

Zainab Abbas, a known presenter covering numerous international sports events, faces uncertainty regarding the motive and timing of unearthing old tweets.

While it is not being confirmed yet whether the tweets were made by Zainab or not. This incident has sparked questions about press freedom and the hospitality shown to foreign media professionals, particularly during the World Cup.

Last month, the Pakistani squad’s pre-World Cup vacation to Dubai for team bonding faced an unexpected postponement as the players still required visas to enter India.

Details of legal notice

On October 5, Vineet Jindal, a lawyer practicing in the Supreme Court of India, filed a cybercrime complaint against Zainab and requested the Delhi Police to register an FIR against her for her tweets.

The 35-year-old’s X (formerly Twitter) account was reported to have published earlier tweets that were believed to be “anti-Hindu” and “anti-India,” which then went viral on social media.

Vineet Jindal asserted that Zainab Abbas’s now active X account, “ZAbbas Official,” which has subsequently changed its identity from “Zainablovesrk,” initially published these anti-Hindu tweets about nine years ago.

Vineet forwarded a copy of the complaint filed against Zainab for her presumed disparaging remarks about Hinduism and anti-Bharat slurs.

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The lawyer also tagged the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to remove her from the list of presenters in the ongoing mega cricketing event.