Shahid Afridi reminds his love for Indian tricolour to demand justice for ‘innocent Kashmiris’


Former Pakistani cricket captain Shahid Afridi on Tuesday used an old viral photo of him respecting the love for Indian national flag and to raise the human rights violation of ‘innocent Kashmiris.’

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Using the viral photo from Switzerland, where he was standing with his Indian fans with the tricolour, Afridi wrote on Twitter, “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.”

This had followed his earlier tweet on the recent development in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Indian security forces had gunned down at least 13 militants in the valley in multiple operations. His earlier tweet had said, “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?”

In February this year, Afridi showing respect to the India’s national flag had made him a darling in India. The cricketer, who’s now retired from first class cricket, was in Switzerland to take part in the inaugural edition of the St Moritz Ice Cricket. Also joining him there were Shoaib Akhter, Sri Lanka’s Mahila Jayawardene and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.

After his second match, Afridi happily obliged fans for photos. However, when he walked to the Indian fans holding the national flag, he asked them to hold the flag properly. This gesture from a Pakistani cricketer had left Indian fans utterly moved.

But his recent tweets on the goings on in Kashmir evoked angry reactions from Indian social media users.


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