Suresh Raina slams Shahid Afridi for his controversial statement on ‘Kashmir’

Afridi has demanded UN’s intervention on Kashmir issue.

Raina reminded Afridi that Kashmir is an integral part of India | Getty

India batsman Suresh Raina on Wednesday (April 4) hit back at former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi for his controversial remarks on ‘Kashmir’ that has become the talk of the town on social media since last 24 hours.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Raina 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. ????”

Raina is not the only Indian cricketer to lambast Afridi on social media. On Tuesday (April 3), veteran India opener Gautam Gambhir had slammed Afridi by saying that the ex-Pakistani cricketer is celebrating a dismissal off a no-ball.

“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 NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!” Gambhir had tweeted.

Afridi, who enjoys a massive fan following in India, grabbed the headlines on Tuesday for expressing his views on Kashmir. He had tweeted after Indian security forces killed 13 terrorists in three gunfights in Kashmir, in which three soldiers and a civilian also died.

“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?” Afridi had written on his official Twitter page.

India and Pakistan have not faced each other in a full bilateral series since 2007 and considering the current hostility in diplomatic ties, the bilateral series seems a distant dream right now.

Earlier last year, the BCCI had sought clearance from the Indian government to play a bilateral series with the arch-rivals. Amid all the tussle between both the countries at the LOC, the request was expectedly turned down by the BJP ruled Indian government.


By Salman Anjum - 04 Apr, 2018

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