Kohli slams Afridi’s comments on Kashmir

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 11:08:55


 

 

 

BENGALURU

INDIA skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday slammed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi following his tweet on condemning anti-terror operations in Kashmir.“As an Indian you want to express what is best for your nation and my interests are always for the benefit of our nation. If anything opposes it, I would never support it for sure,” Kohli told reporters.“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,” he added.India’s first World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev also took a dig at Afridi, saying: “Who is he? Why are we giving importance to him? We should not be giving importance to certain
people.”


Afridi had on Tuesday condemned the recent anti-terror operations by Indian security forces in Kashmir and had urged the United Nations to stop the bloodshed.“Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination and independence. Wonder where is the @UN and other int bodies and why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?” Afridi had tweeted.“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,” he added.


Following the tweet, seasoned India opener Gautam Gambhir had lashed out at the Pakistani saying: “Afridi is only looking for UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINETEEN” his age bracket.”Suresh Raina and renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar asked the former Pakistan batsman to advise the Pakistan Army that it stops supporting extremists for maintaining peace in the Valley.
Raina, who has roots in Kashmir, took to twitter to offer advise to Afridi.“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,” Raina wrote on the social networking site.


Javed Akhtar also expressed the same sentiments.
“Dear Mr Afridi , since you want to see a peaceful JK sans any human rights violations could you please see to it that pak terrorists stop infiltrations n pak army stops supporting the separatists by closing down the training camps. It will greatly help in solving the problem,” wrote the veteran artist.Former India player Mohammad Kaif said Afridi would not have made the comments had Pakistani cricketers were still playing in the Indian Premier League.“‘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 from Pakistani terrorists and Pakistan’s support to separatists,” Kaif wrote on his Twitter handle.“We wish peace and love but peace is a two way street,” he added.