Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reacted to former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi's comment on Kashmir that has caused much embarrassment to his country. Shahid Afridi had said that his country doesn't want Kashmir and that Pakistan can't even manage its own provinces.
"What is 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," Mr Singh said at a press conference in Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur.
In a viral video of the former Pakistan skipper's address to students at the British parliament, Shahid Afridi was heard saying: "Pakistan doesn't want Kashmir... Pakistan can't even manage its four provinces." The 38-year-old's remarks come as an embarrassment to Pakistan's new government headed by cricket legend Imran Khan.
#WATCH: "Baat to thik kaha unhone. Woh Pakistan nahi sambhal pa rahe, Kashmir kya sambhal paayenge. Kashmir Bharat ka part tha, hai, aur rahega," says Home Min Rajnath Singh on Shahid Afridi's statement 'Pakistan doesn't need Kashmir, as it cannot manage its own four provinces' pic.twitter.com/QA8hLvLVxJ— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2018
"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...What is the big thing is insaaniyat (humanity). People who are dying there, it is painful. Any death, be it from any community, is painful," he said in the video posted on social media.
Shahid Afridi tweeted yesterday, saying his comments are were taken out of context.
My comments are being misconstrued by Indian media! I'm passionate about my country and greatly value the struggles of Kashmiris. Humanity must prevail and they should get their rights.— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 14, 2018
In April, Shahid Afridi had been clobbered on social media for a tweet commenting that there was an "appalling and worrisome situation" in Kashmir and urging the UN to intervene.
And before that, way back in 2016, the former cricket captain had suggested that a lot of Kashmiri fans supported Pakistani cricketers.
In response to the comments, several Twitter users have reminded the cricketer that Pakistan has failed to dismantle terror sanctuaries on its soil and allows global terrorists like 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to roam freely.
Pakistan's new government led by Imran Khan has not included Hafiz Saeed's terror outfits in its latest 'terror watch list', according to a media report.
A recent report said Pakistan remains a breeding ground and supporter of global terrorism and is responsible for three times the terror risk to humanity that Syria poses.
(With inputs from ANI)
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