Shahid Afridi says his comments on Kashmir being misconstrued by Indian media

Shahid Afridi says his comments on Kashmir being misconstrued by Indian media

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi's statement on Kashmir would surely stir controversy after he said that his country does not need Kashmir and that it should first try to bring the four provinces under control.

"The world has turned Kashmir into an issue". I say that Pakistan does not need Kashmir. Let Kashmir become its own country. At least, humanity will survive. The people who are getting killed there [Indian-held Kashmir] wouldn't be killed anymore. "Pakistan can't handle even its four provinces". Do not give it to India either.

"Pakistan doesn't want Kashmir". Humanity is big thing. Let people not die. Pakistani TV channels followed soon, criticizing Afridi for making careless comments regarding an issue that was close to every Pakistani's heart.

On the other hand, Indian media has been celebrating over Afridi's remarks as his endorsement of India's ownership of Kashmir. I m passionate about my country and greatly value the struggles of Kashmiris. "Humanity must prevail and they should get their rights".

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"My clip is incomplete & out of context as what I said before that is missing". Kashmir is unresolved dispute & under brutal Indian occupation.

In response to the comments, several Twitter users have reminded the cricketer that Pakistan has failed to dismantle terror sanctuaries on its soil and allows global terrorists like 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to roam freely.

And before that, way back in 2016, Afridi had suggested that a lot of Kashmiri fans supported Pakistani cricketers. The comments didn't go down well with India and Afridi was severely criticised by eminent personalities as well as ordinary Indians.

Earlier this year, Afridi had courted a controversy for a tweet on "worrisome situation in Kashmir".