In a recent development, Zainab Abbas, a renowned sports journalist and commentator, has clarified the reasons behind her abrupt departure from India and issued an apology for her past anti-Hindu and anti-India social media comments. Here are the key points:
Sudden Departure from India:
Zainab Abbas left India just days before the Cricket World Cup commenced, sparking rumors about her departure circumstances.
Apology for Past Social Media Posts:
An article in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn mentioned a “complaint filed in New Delhi by a lawyer” accusing her of posting derogatory tweets targeting the Hindu faith in the past.
Zainab Abbas clarified that she was neither asked to leave nor deported but cited feeling intimidated and scared by the online reaction to her presence in India.
“I understand and deeply regret the hurt caused by the posts that were circulated. I wish to make clear that they do not represent my values or who I am as a person today. There is no excuse or space for such language, and I sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended,” she wrote in a long note.
She acknowledged the hurt caused by her old posts and expressed deep regret. Zainab emphasized that those posts don’t reflect her values today and offered a sincere apology to anyone who was offended.
Background on Zainab Abbas:
Zainab Abbas, a sports journalist and commentator since 2015, made history in 2019 by becoming the first woman sports reporter and commentator to cover the cricket World Cup from Pakistan.
Legal Action and Upcoming Match:
Advocate Vineet Jindal reportedly wrote to India’s Home Minister Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah, who is the chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, regarding the matter.
India is set to face Pakistan in a high-stakes match in Ahmedabad this Saturday.
This incident adds a unique dimension to the upcoming cricket match and highlights the importance of responsible use of social media in today’s interconnected world.