‘How’ll They Manage Kashmir?’ Rajnath Backs Afridi’s Pak Comment

“Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. It can’t even manage its four provinces,” Shahid Afridi had said earlier.

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File photos of Rajnath Singh (L) and Shahid Afridi. 
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A day after former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi triggered a controversy during an interaction with students at the British parliament, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, 15 November, said he agrees with Afridi’s remarks that Pakistan cannot manage Kashmir, reported ANI.

“What he said is right. When they are not able to manage Pakistan, how will they manage Kashmir? Kashmir is and will always remain a part of India.”
Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, as quoted by ANI

According to a video circulating on social media, Afridi was seen saying:

“I say Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. Don’t give it to India either. Let Kashmir be independent. At least humanity will be alive. Let people not die. Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. It can’t even manage its four provinces. It’s painful to see people dying there. Death in any community is painful.”

This Wasn’t His First Comment on Kashmir

This was not the first time the 38-year-old cricketer expressed his views on Kashmir. On 3 April, in a tweet, Afridi wrote:

“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?”

However, moments after his tweet, several Indian crickets such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Kapil Dev, and Gautam Gambhir expressed their displeasure against Afridi, Hindustan Times reported.

Following the social media banter, Afridi took to Twitter again on the same day, talking about human rights of the people of Kashmir.

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