New Delhi, Apr 5: Top Indian cricketers hit out at Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi for his remark on human rights in Kashmir on Twitter. Shahid Afridi on Tuesday, April 3, had taken to Twitter and posted, “We respect all. And this is an example as sportsman. But when it comes to human rights we expect the same for our innocent Kashmiris.” Along with the tweet came a picture of him with some Indian fans holding the Indian flag.
The tweet was followed by another tweet where Afridi had appealed the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies to intervene in the “Indian Occupied Kashmir to stop the killings of innocents raising their voice for independence from the oppressive regime”.
“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?” he had written.
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir was the first one to respond to the Pakistani cricketer’s tweet on Kashmir. In an apparent mocking tone, Gambhir said called him an immature person looking for UN, which, Gambhir said, in his dictionary means ‘Under Nineteen’.
“Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What’s there to say? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!” he said.
The Twitter war of words entered day two when more cricketing legends from India joined in and advised the Pakistani cricketer to not tell the Indians what to do. Sachin Tendulkar was one of them. “No outsider needs to know or tell us what we need to do. It is obvious that we have capable people to manage our country, run our country,” said the master blaster when he was asked about it, NDTV reported. Kapil Dev also joined in and said Afridi shouldn’t be paid attention to.
“Paisa bolta hai. Can’t imagine Afridi making these comments if Pakistani players were still playing in the IPL. Rather, what’s needed to be condemned foremost is the reason because of which Pakistani players are not allowed to play in the IPL – infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan and Pakistan’s support to separatists. We wish peace and love but peace is a two-way street,” tweeted Mohammad Kaif.