Javed Akhtar Lashed Out At Afridi For His Controversial Comment On Kashmir Issue


New Delhi: A day after Gautam Gambhir lashed out at Shahid Afridi for urging the United Nations to take action against India for the “appalling and worrisome” situation in Kashmir, noted lyricist Javed Akhtar on Wednesday slammed the former Pakistani cricketer. In a tweet, Akhtar asked Afridi to ensure that infiltration by Pakistani terrorists across the border ceases if he wanted to see a peaceful J&K without any human rights violations. Akhtar also asked the former captain to look into Pakistan Army’s support to separatists and demanded that terror training camps be shut down.

Akhtar took to Twitter to express his views against Afridi’s comments. He wrote: “Dear 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.”

The Pakistan all-rounder stoked a controversy on Tuesday with his tweet which 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?”

As per a report in IANS, four civilians were also killed (in stone-pelting related incidents) while 50 others were injured after clashes broke out between locals and security forces in Shopian after the security personnel shot dead 12 militants in the region.

The Pakistani cricketer was criticised by many, including Gautam Gambhir who said, “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 NINETEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!.”

Interestingly, the US on Tuesday designated the Milli Muslim League (MML), the political front of Pakistan-based Mumbai attack mastermind-led Jamaat-ud Dawa, as a foreign terrorist organisation. In a simultaneous move, seven members of the MML’s central leadership body have been designated as foreign terrorists. The US also added Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK) to the list of terrorist groups. TAJK is said to be a front of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), which according to the Trump administration, continues to operate freely inside Pakistan.

The LeT was responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans. It has also killed dozens of Indian security forces and civilians in recent years, the State Department said.

In a bid to avoid US sanctions, LeT began operating under the name TAJK in January last year and carried out terrorist activities under that banner, the State Department said. The US has demanded the arrest of Saeed, who carries a $10 million US bounty after he was set free in 2017 by a Lahore court which refused to extend his detention.