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Extremist Hindus force ICC World Cup Presenter Zainab Abbas to leave India

ISLAMABAD: While fulfilling her role of fostering “cultural connections” between Pakistan and India, renowned sports presenter Zainab Abbas found herself leaving India amidst concerns for her safety.

This move followed allegations of her making controversial statements on social media, which were perceived as “anti-Hindu.”

Zainab Abbas had recently been in India to cover the ICC World Cup. However, her stay took an unexpected turn when an Indian lawyer filed a formal complaint against her, accusing her of making derogatory remarks about India and the Hindu religion on various social media platforms.

Zainab Abbas firmly denies these allegations, asserting that she has been unfairly singled out.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also been drawn into the controversy, with some sources suggesting that the organization was unable to prevent Zainab’s deportation due to what they perceive as “Indian propaganda.”

Supporters of Zainab argue that she has been falsely accused and that her past social media activity has been taken out of context. They maintain that her tweets from years ago were unrelated to her role as a presenter and should not have resulted in her deportation from India.

As of now, the ICC has not issued an official statement on the matter. Currently, Zainab Abbas is located in Dubai.

It is worth noting that Indian lawyer Vineet Jindal officially lodged a complaint against Zainab Abbas, specifically referencing a series of old tweets that resurfaced on X, formerly known as Twitter.

These tweets are alleged to contain content deemed “anti-Hindu” in nature. Vineet Jindal claimed that these anti-Hindu tweets were originally posted approximately nine years ago under the username “Zainablovesrk,” which has since been changed to “ZAbbas Official,” Zainab Abbas’s current active X account.

This situation is noteworthy because the International Cricket Council (ICC) had chosen Zainab Abbas as the official presenter for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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