Shahid Afridi courts controversy with tweet on Yasin Malik; Kashmiri separatist leader sentenced to life imprisonment


Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi on Wednesday faced social media roasting from Indians after he tweeted in support of Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court. Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh passed the order on Malik’s sentencing on Wednesday.

Afridi wrote on Twitter, “India’s continued attempts to silence critical voices against its blatant human right abuses are futile. Fabricated charges against #YasinMalik will not put a hold to #Kashmir’s struggle to freedom. Urging the #UN to take notice of unfair & illegal trails against Kashmir leaders.”

Afridi’s tweet on Malik, who recently pleaded guilty to all the charges including those under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and in a terror funding case, evoked angry reactions Indians. Former India cricketer Amit Mishra tweeted, “Dear @safridiofficial he himself has pleaded guilty in court on record. Not everything is misleading like your birthdate.”

Similar reactions followed from other social media users in India.