New Delhi: Top Indian cricketers on Wednesday lashed out at Shahid Afridi for his remarks urging the United Nations (UN) to intervene in “Indian Occupied Kashmir” to stop the killing of “innocents”.
World Cup-winning former captain Kapil Dev wondered why Afridi was even receiving importance.
“Who is he? Why are we giving importance to him? We should not be giving importance to certain people,” he said.
Suresh Raina reiterated that “Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so always.” He wrote:
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. ?
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 4, 2018
Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif also came out lashing on the Pakistani cricketer, he wrote:
Dear Afridi , we wish peace and love but Peace is a two way street. pic.twitter.com/1oonVHQMqP
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 4, 2018
Earlier, Gambhir and lyricist Javed Akhtar, slammed Afridi for his tweet on Kashmir, saying that the Pakistani cricketer “is, as usual, celebrating a dismissal off a no-ball”.
Afridi had, in a tweet on Tuesday, condemned the recent clampdown on terrorists in the Kashmir Valley and had urged the UN to intervene in the matter.
On Sunday, 12 terrorists were killed in the Valley in one of the biggest security operations in recent history. The operations rendered a severe dent to terror groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
In the operations conducted over the weekend in three separate locations in the Valley, 12 terrorists were killed, one was captured alive and four civilians lost their lives in the ensuing stone-pelting. Three jawans were also martyred in the gun battle with the terrorists.