Controversial remarks on Pakistan, Occupied Kashmir land Shahid Afridi in hot water

Published: November 14, 2018
Cricket star Shahid Afridi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Cricket star Shahid Afridi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Cricket star Shahid Afridi on Wednesday drew flak on social media for his remarks on the Kashmir issue, forcing him to issue a clarification.

“I say Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. Don’t give it to India either. Let Kashmir be independent. At least humanity will be alive. Let people not die. Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. It can’t even manage its four provinces. The big thing is insaaniyat (humanity). People who are dying there, it is painful. Any death, be it from any community, is painful,” he can be heard saying in a video that went viral on social media on Wednesday.

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The video drew a strong backlash with Twitterati lambasting the former cricketer for his ‘unpatriotic comments’.

Afridi then issued a statement on Twitter, where he said that,” My comments are being misconstrued by Indian media! I’m passionate about my country and greatly value the struggles of Kashmiris. Humanity must prevail and they should get their rights.”

He added that the clip is incomplete and has been taken out of context.

Afridi said that “Kashmir is unresolved dispute and under brutal Indian occupation. It must be resolved as per UN resolution. Myself along with every Pakistani support Kashmiri freedom struggle. Kashmir belongs to Pakistan.”

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Mazhar saeedi
    Nov 14, 2018 - 9:31PM

    Afridi saying well he is a legend and he tries to playes their role for humanity Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 14, 2018 - 10:10PM

    Lets appreciate that he is honest and not a politician. He need not think 100 times and give guarded speeches. What he says is correct .Its not just a peice of land .. its the populace inside it which matters. Recommend

  • Bryan
    Nov 14, 2018 - 11:40PM

    He is absolutely correct.Recommend

  • Riaz ahmad
    Nov 15, 2018 - 2:08AM

    It is fairly obvious he meant well, just phrased it rather carelessly, he is a patriotic man with out a shadow of a doubt. Unnecessary mole hill turned in to a mountain..Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 15, 2018 - 2:14AM

    The UN resolution is about removing of Indian and Pakistani Armies from that region; which is not going to happen. Afridi is correct.Recommend

  • Madiha
    Nov 15, 2018 - 10:46AM

    Well someone is talking about humanity and preferring it over politics ! Recommend

  • S Bara
    Nov 15, 2018 - 2:48PM

    Give Afridi some english lessons so he can read the UN Resolution and then make him understand the resolution he is talking about. Enjoy reading the UN Res.Recommend

  • AJ
    Nov 15, 2018 - 11:48PM

    Just a slip of tongue. He meant to say that Kashmiris should be given right to self-determination.Recommend

  • Jayant
    Nov 16, 2018 - 12:05PM

    Most Pakistani havent read the UN resolution ! Well its in English which most Pakistani are unable to read ! Recommend

  • RHS
    Nov 18, 2018 - 1:39PM

    Afridi is spot on and hit a Sixer here. He made a great deal of sense. Recommend

  • Pendoo
    Nov 19, 2018 - 2:49AM

    @S Bara:
    I hope you have read it yourself. Would you mind explaining to the rest of us? Thank you!Recommend

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