Residents of Srinagar and different parts of Indian Occupied Kashmir were out celebrating Sunday night after Pakistan’s stunning victory against the Indian cricket team in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
Photos and tweets by Kashmiris showed the people of the occupied valley celebrating by lighting fireworks and shouting pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans.
In a post sent out to his 48 thousand followers on Twitter, Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said there were fireworks all around, and it felt like “an early Eid” in the occupied valley.
Some Kashmiris tweeted about how they celebrated Pakistan’s victory on the streets.
Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across the Indian-administered city of Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat KohliÂ´s team by 180 runs at the Oval in London.
Kashmiri Muslims, who traditionally support Pakistan in cricket, especially against India, took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting “Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)” as fireworks exploded over SrinagarÂ´s skies.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the Kashmir valley, where most people favour independence or a merger with predominantly Muslim Pakistan.
“This is the moment we were waiting for… It is a dream come true,” a Kashmiri youth shouted in support of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team.
Some Kashmiris even celebrated the victory in advance.
“Winning this trophy apart, I am celebrating my political sentiment as well,” Amir, who gave only his first name, told AFP outside the grand mosque in SrinagarÂ´s old town of Nowhatta.
“This was long overdue.”
Earlier in the day Indian paramilitary forces patrolled various parts of the city but were withdrawn to avoid clashes with the civilians.
“An India-Pakistan cricket game is always a unique challenge for us. We have to remain on tactical alert,” a senior police officer told AFP on the condition of anonymity.
Others celebrated in their own unique ways.