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World Cup 2023: Pakistan’s foreign office reacts to sports presenter Zainab Abbas’ sudden exit from India


During the ongoing ICC Cricket World 2023, one name that has captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide is Zainab Abbas. The Pakistani cricket presenter was picked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to join their Digital Insider team, making her a prominent figure in the coverage of this grand ICC event.

However, Zainab’s journey at the World Cup 2023 took a tumultuous turn when several of her alleged “anti-Hindu” tweets surfaced on social media, sparking outrage among various communities. The controversy escalated rapidly, and the Lahore-born television host became entangled in legal troubles as the public outcry grew louder.

Amid the escalating tension, Zainab left India, citing personal reasons. Meanwhile, in response to the controversy surrounding Zainab and her departure, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, issued a statement to address the situation.

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Pakistan’s foreign office responds

Mumtaz expressed deep regret regarding filing a legal case against Zainab and strongly criticized the Indian government for what she deemed an “unwarranted” controversy surrounding the ICC presenter.

“The case against Zainab Abbas on unnecessary tweets is not appropriate. Zainab is being dragged into an unjustified case,” Mumtaz  said when asked about the issue during the weekly press briefing.

It’s worth noting that an Indian lawyer named Vineet Jindal took legal action by approaching the police, requesting the formal registration of a complaint against Zainab. The lawyer alleged that she had made statements perceived as critical of India and Hinduism, prompting the initiation of a legal process.

Pakistan’s campaign so far in the marquee event

Pakistan began their ODI World Cup 2023 campaign with a stellar performance. The Babar Azam-led side secured an impressive 81-run victory against the Netherlands in their opening match.

The Green team further continued their winning streak by defeating Sri Lanka with a convincing six-wicket triumph, achieving the remarkable feat of the highest successful run-chase in the history of the ODI World Cup.

Also READ: CWC 2023 – Pakistan sports presenter Zainab Abbas in legal trouble over her ‘anti-hindu’ remarks

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