Terrorism Has No Religion: Shahid Afridi After Christchurch Shooting
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has come up with a heartwarming appeal in the wake of the dastardly mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday. The entire world was rocked by the incident that took place on Friday afternoon. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, confirmed 49 people were killed during the attacks. Two mosques were targeted, with the deadliest attack taking place at the Al Noor mosque in the city centre.
The Bangladesh team were planning to visit the mosque before the start of their third Test against New Zealand, which was due to begin in Christchurch at the Hagley Oval on Saturday. Several players and staff members were about to leave the team bus to enter the mosque in order to offer their prayers. However, the team was initially barred from leaving the bus, but after a while, they disembarked and ran through Hagley Park to the ground. They later went back to the team hotel.
Fortunately, no member from the team was injured. Soon, New Zealand and Bangladesh mutually agreed to call off the third Test. Later, Bangladesh Team Manager Khaled Masud confirmed that the players and the staff members are safe and sound as he revealed the horrific details of the shooting.
“I would say we were really lucky. Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque,” Khaled told reporters.
This could then have been a massive incident. We are very thankful that we weren’t caught in the crossfire, but what we saw was straight out of a movie scene. We could see bloodstained people staggering out of the mosque. Maybe for about eight-ten minutes, we were all inside the bus and were sitting with our heads bowed, just in case someone fires at us,” Khaled added.
Following the incident, cricketers across the globe have paid their tributes to those who lost their lived and were affected by the shooting. Shahid Afridi also condemned the attack before expressing his relief over all the Bangladesh team members being safe. The allrounder also appealed for peace, writing:
“Horrifying tragedy #Christchurch. I found NZ one of safest, most peaceful places, people are friendly. Spoke to Tamim big relief B’desh squad/staff is safe. World must together! stop hatred!Terrorism has no religion! Prayers for bereaved families. May Allah bless the departed.”
Horrifying tragedy #Christchurch. I found NZ one of safest, most peaceful places, people are friendly. Spoke to Tamim big relief B'desh squad/staff is safe. World must together! stop hatred!Terrorism has no religion! Prayers for bereaved families. May Allah bless the departed.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 15, 2019
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