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A Pakistani cricket fan, Adil Taj, whose video showing him singing Indian national anthem during the Group stage match between India and Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup is going viral, has said that the move was a small gesture of peace from his side.
Taj further revealed that he had got goosebumps when he listened to the Indian national anthem for the first time in a Bollywood movie.
Speaking to ANI, Taj said, "The moment Indian national anthem was played, I got a reminder of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stating that If India would move one step ahead then we would move two steps further. It was a small gesture from my side towards peace, towards respect."
"I got goosebumps when I first heard the anthem in a Bollywood movie," he added.
Reflecting on his plans ahead of the Super Four clash between the two countries, Taj said that he is planning to stitch India-Pakistan flag together and wear it during the match.
Dubai boy #AdilTaj from Pakistan has become an internet sensation after singing along to the Indian national anthem at the #INDvPAK match— Radio Mirchi UAE (@RadioMirchiUAE) September 23, 2018
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"I am very excited ahead of the match. I am planning to stitch India-Pakistan flag together and wear it for tomorrow's match. That would be another positive message from my side," he said.
Taj also expressed the desire to have more bilateral series between India and Pakistan so they don't have to wait for major tournaments like Asia Cup and World Cup to see if the two teams are competing or not.
"Sports unite countries. We would again like to have regular series between the two countries. It will play a positive role towards peace, according to me," he concluded.
Some Indian fans were sitting with us in our enclosure. When our national anthem was played, I saw how they stood in respect & also clapped for it: Adil Taj, Pakistani cricket fan who was seen singing Indian national anthem before India-Pakistan match in Asia Cup on 19 Sept pic.twitter.com/Tey55NzRlR— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2018