Pakistan

LAHORE (Web Desk) – Local court on Saturday granted bail to Indian cricketer Virat Kohli’s fan umer Daraz who has been behind bars for over a month.

He was arrested on Jan 25 for hoisting an Indian flag on the rooftop of his house in 54-2L village of Okara. On Feb 18, local magistrate Aneeq Anwer had rejected his bail plea, Dawn News reported.

Later, advocates Rizwan and Muhammad Yousaf applied for his bail with the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Asadullah Siraj.

On Friday, after examining police and judicial case files and hearing arguments of both sides, the court admitted Daraz’s bail plea and ordered him to furnish a surety bond worth Rs50,000.

By the time the hearing finished, the court time had ended so Daraz will submit the bond on Saturday and get bail.

He had been charged with violating public order and “sovereignty of Pakistan” laws.

Daraz’s arrest came weeks before Indian student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on a controversial sedition charge in a case that has sparked a major row over freedom of expression.

Nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India have a long history of animosity dating back to independence from Britain in 1947, and have fought three wars.