Shahid Afridi’s stance unaltered over Kashmir comment despite backlash
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has remained firm on his comments, that he made on twitter a couple of days ago. His tweet had caught the eye of Indian media and drew plenty of criticism from various celebrities across the country.
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was one of the first to speak about it. Then the likes of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar have all pitched in their opinions.
However, despite the severe backlash, Afridi said: “I firmly stand by what I said earlier about what is happening in Occupied Kashmir.”
The 38-year old cricketer Afridi had taken to twitter about his views on Kashmir and accused India of bloodshed in the region. He also accused international organisations like the United Nations (UN) for not taking any action to stop the turmoil.
His controversial tweet read: ” Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self-determination and independence. Wonder where is the UN & other international bodies and why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?”
Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 3, 2018
Afridi criticizes Indian media –
Afridi faced huge criticism over the past couple of days. But the veteran cricketer had said that Indian media is playing a “negative role”. He also revealed that the relations between the two countries will not improve, with negative role of media.
“I spoke against India because of its involvement in human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir as Indian forces have killed innocent Kashmiris in the valley in last few days,” he further said.
Afridi also revealed that he will fight for any region in the world if human rights violations happen.
Responding to allegations of him working for ISI, Afridi said: “I am proud what our forces are doing and I am also a soldier of Pakistan army.”
Pakistan cricketers were banned from playing in Indian Premier League (IPL) over the past decade.
However, Shahid Afridi revealed that he will not play in IPL even if he gets the chance. He further made another claim saying that PSL will soon be bigger than IPL.
“The day is not far that PSL will be bigger than IPL,” the all-rounder said.
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