Afridi’s tweet on Kashmir carnage draws ire of Indian ‘stars’

Published: April 3, 2018
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Afridi has urged the United Nations (UN) and ‘other international bodies’ to take notice of the Indian oppression and stop the bloodshed of the defenseless civilians at the hands of Indian military. PHOTO: FILE

Afridi has urged the United Nations (UN) and ‘other international bodies’ to take notice of the Indian oppression and stop the bloodshed of the defenseless civilians at the hands of Indian military. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: As soon as Pakistani flamboyant cricketer Shahid Afridi extended support to innocent Kashmiri civilians on social media against Indian brutalities in the occupied valley, all hell broke loose on Twitter as some really hostile and abusive reactions poured in including from some ‘notable’ Indians.

Afridi had also urged the United Nations (UN) and ‘other international bodies’ to take notice of the Indian oppression and stop the bloodshed of the defenceless civilians at the hands of Indian military.

The tweet also stirred a mild storm in the Indian media, which launched a campaign against the Pakistani cricketer. Indian TV channels attacked Afridi, saying his tweet in favour of Kashmiris was tantamount to insult on India.

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Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and a parody account of current batsman Ravindra Jadeja were among those who tried to fire broadside at the Pakistani pinch-hitter.

Gambhir said by mentioning the UN, Afridi must have meant ‘Under Nineteen’ which he suggested was ‘his age bracket’ and mocked him for celebrating off a no-ball.

‘Sir Jadeja’, in a series of responses, not only called Afridi ‘beta’ [son] but claimed that  the latter’s whole country was ‘Pak occupied India’.

Lashing out at ‘pseudo liberal’ and ‘spineless’ Bollywood celebrities, he urged the whole nation to boycott Pakistan.

He also tried to confront Afridi by mentioning US sanctions on Hafiz Saeed’s political party.

Another Indian Twitterati attempted exploiting the situation and promoted hate against Pakistani sportspersons and artists.

DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor, tweeting from his personal account, came up with a befitting response to the Indian media’s unwarranted cricticism at the Pakistani star.

He showed Gambhir the right way.

At least 20 people were killed in a Sunday search conducted by Indian forces in Shopian district of the restive region. Over 100 were injured in the operation.

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The incident drew strong reactions from the Pakistani authorities.

UN Secretary General António Guterres also reacted on the incident, saying that a thorough investigation needs to be conducted pertaining to the recent killing of Kashmir youth by Indian troops.

Responding to a question during the daily briefing, the UN chief’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “Civilians have to be protected wherever they are, whether it is in Gaza, whether it is in Jammu and Kashmir, whether it is in Yemen; it is a basic principle.”

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Reader Comments (10)

  • F Khan
    Apr 3, 2018 - 9:32PM

    Proud of you Shahid Afridi for raising voice for the support of oppressed kashmiris genocide.Lot of other pakistani cricketers are keeping quite for obvious reasons.Recommend

  • UN
    Apr 4, 2018 - 12:36AM

    I think Gambhir himself needs to seek help from UN. The way he was discarded from the national team and banished by the BCCI. His career has been destroyed.. he should channel his energy in getting back to the team.Recommend

  • Musa Wasim
    Apr 4, 2018 - 3:50AM

    The problem is that we’re all missing the tragedy here. I don’t care who “owns” what–the death of any innocent person whether Indian or Pakistani in this century is utterly wrong!

    We as humans need to stand up against violence regardless of religion or nationality. No parent should ever have to bury their child, whether Hindu, Muslim, or Christian.

    You all can sit there and bicker back and forth, or do something to save Kashmir and it’s people, regardless of who it belongs to. It belongs to the Kashmiris. Let them live without foreign intervention…terrorism.Recommend

  • Naveed Ahmad
    Apr 4, 2018 - 4:07AM

    — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 3, 2018 and Sikh Beradri should remember 1984Recommend

  • concerned
    Apr 4, 2018 - 9:31AM

    Thank you Afridi for standing upto what is right.

    So many dead and India is still playing stupid politics. No heartRecommend

  • Giri
    Apr 4, 2018 - 10:06AM

    Afridi got what he got because he was very selective and biased. He did not speak about JuD and other Pak terrorists. Hope he learnt the lesson.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 4, 2018 - 10:26AM

    he should stick to his sport cricket .. no need to poke his nose in all affairs. he made a spectacle of himself . Recommend

  • Reza
    Apr 4, 2018 - 10:55AM

    Look at Indians, they are lamenting on tweet but no one cares about the humans (Kashmiris).
    they are mocking afridi but no one can justify the oppression done by Indian Army in Kashmir. Recommend

  • Ghessan
    Apr 4, 2018 - 10:57AM

    you are perfectly right Shahid and we all know the back stabbers we are dealing with hence no worries. if they call it theirs (which is not) then they must know how to protect minorities and not to kill them straight away. those above who are saying those embraced shahdat were armed, check the facts first.Recommend

  • Khalil
    Apr 11, 2018 - 11:06AM

    He’s a patriotic Pakistani. Don’t forget many Afridi Pashtun tribe helped free Gilgit-baltistan and Azad Kashmir in 1948. Recommend

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