In one of the biggest security operations carried out in Kashmir recently, as many as 12 terrorists were killed and one was captured alive. In the gun battle with the terrorists, 3 Indian soldiers also lost their lives. The operation is believed to have given a major setback to terror outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the Kashmir region.
On this, Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi tweeted:
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?
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 3, 2018
But this did not go well with many Indian cricketers. Earlier, Gautam Gambhir had slammed Afridi in a tweet saying that it is “OUR Kashmir” and “UN in his retarded dictionary means UNDER NINETEEN”. Gautam Gambhir’s tweet can be seen below:
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!!!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 3, 2018
Even Sachin Tedulkar commented on Afridi’s tweet saying no outsider needs to tell us what we need to do. Now, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Kapil Dev have also come out with their reactions on Shahid Afridi’s tweet.
Virat Kohli said that he does not have complete knowledge of the issue but his priority stays with the nation. The Indian Express quotes the Indian captain saying:
“As an Indian you want to express what is best for your nation & my interests are always for the benefit of our nation. If anything opposes it, I would never support it for sure. But having said that, it’s a very personal choice for someone to comment about certain issues. Unless I have total knowledge of the issues and the intricacies of it I don’t engage in it but definitely, your priority stays with your nation.”
Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev asked why Afridi is being given importance and said that we should not be “giving importance to certain people”.
Even Suresh Raina, who hails from the beautiful land of Kashmir tweeted:
Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so always. Kashmir is the pious land where my forefathers were born. I hope @SAfridiOfficial bhai asks Pakistan Army to stop terrorism and proxy war in our Kashmir. We want peace, not bloodshed and violence. 🙏
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) 4 April 2018
Mohammad Kaif also tweeted in Shahid Afridi’s tweet’s response saying Afridi wouldn’t have made this statement if Pakistani players were still playing in the IPL. Here is what Mohhamad Kaif tweeted:
Dear Afridi , we wish peace and love but Peace is a two way street. pic.twitter.com/1oonVHQMqP
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 4, 2018
Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma also joined their fellow cricketers in slamming Afridi. Take a look at their tweets below:
Pehle khudke desh ki haalat sudharo. Apni soch apne paas rakho. Apne desh ka joh hum kar rahe hai woh acha hi hai aur aage jo karna hai woh humein ache se pata hai. Zyaada dimaag mat lagao @SAfridiOfficial
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 5, 2018
As an Indian, I feel offended to see such baseless remarks! Kashmir is, was and…will always be an integral part of India.
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) April 5, 2018
Shahid Afridi indeed deserves this criticism for what he said. Don’t you think so? Share your opinion with us in the comments section!