Shahid Afridi says four-province statement was misconstrued

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15 Nov 2018

Kashmir belongs to Pakistan: Shahid Afridi after his 'four-province' comment

Criticizing Indian media for misreporting, former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi in a tweet said Kashmir belonged to his country, and he was passionate about it as his fellow countrymen.

Addressing students at British Parliament, Afridi made the comments which proved to be embarrassing for his country, that recently elected former cricket captain Imran Khan as the PM.

But Afridi has now taken a U-turn.

What he said

Afridi believes Kashmir is better off independent

In a video shared on social media, Afridi lamented the deaths in Kashmir. He said it would be better if Kashmir remained independent, and said at least that way people won't die.

"Pakistan doesn't want Kashmir... It can't even manage its four provinces...What is the big thing is insaaniyat (humanity)," Afridi had said.

His clip was widely covered in India.

Now, Afridi says his statement was misconstrued

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Looking back

Afridi's comments on Kashmir had sparked row earlier as well

In April this year, Afridi faced a social media storm when he tweeted that the situation in Kashmir was "appalling" and "worrisome", and urged the United Nations to intervene and stop the bloodshed in "India occupied Kashmir".

Earlier, in 2016, ahead of a World T20 match in Mohali, he had suggested that a lot of Kashmiri people supported Pakistani cricketers.

Reception

After recent comment, Rajnath Singh agrees with Afridi

After recent comment, Rajnath Singh agrees with Afridi

Notably, Home Minister Rajnath Singh agreed with Afridi. In a press conference in Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur, Singh said, "What he said is right. They are not able to manage Pakistan. How can they manage Kashmir? Kashmir is and will be a part of India."

Meanwhile, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted in the video byte he saw, Afridi criticized human rights violation in Kashmir.

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