Lahore: A Pakistani fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli was arrested for hoisting an Indian flag on the roof atop his house after India beat Australia in the first T-20 match on Republic Day.
The Kohli fan has been identified as Umar Draz who resides in Okara district of Punjab province, about 200 km from Lahore.
Umar was arrested by the police after law enforcement officials raided his home.
"We raided the house of Umar Draz and seized the Indian flag from his rooftop," Muhammad Jamil, a police official, said.
He said the police have arrested Draz and registered a case under the Maintenance of Public Order. He was presented in court the same day and was remanded into police custody.
Draz, as it turns out, just happens to be a big fan of India's Test Cricket team captain Virat Kohli."I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer," Draz told reporters.
Draz further said he had no idea that he had committed a crime and urged authorities to pardon him. He said he should be seen as "an Indian cricketer's fan and not as a spy".
Poster size photographs of Kohli were also found pasted on the walls of his house
(With inputs from PTI)