Addressing a press conference that can be streamed online, Afridi reportedly said that Pakistan does not need Kashmir if they can't manage four provinces, further stressing that Kashmir should be independent. Following his comments, a number of Indian cricketer including cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, current Indian captain Virat Kohli, former World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir and India opener Shikhar Dhawan had come out in public and expressed their strong disapproval of Pakistan cricketer's remarks.
In a viral video of his address to students in London, Afridi, also known as "Boom Boom", is heard saying that Pakistan was not interested in Kashmir and since the country was against giving it to India, the region should be given independence. At least humanity should stay alive. "Let people not die", he said.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo attends tennis finals in London with family
Imran Khan, since taking power in August, 2018, has also been raking up the Kashmir issue, while also mentioning that Pakistan wants friendly relations with India. Humanity is a big thing. On the other hand, Indian media has been celebrating over Afridi's remarks as his endorsement of India's ownership of Kashmir.
However, this is not the first time that Afridi has commented on the complex Kashmir issue. "Kashmir belongs to Pakistan", he added.More news: Meghan Markle & Royals Celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday With Stunning Family Portraits
File picture of Shahid Afridi. "Humanity must prevail and they should get their rights", he tweeted.
Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh Thursday said, "Afridi said it all right".More news: Windows 10 October 2018 update re-released as Microsoft promises big changes
He updated the committee on the government's foreign policy while participants of the meeting strongly condemned atrocities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. The former cricketer had earlier urged the United Nations to intervene in Kashmir to stop the killing of Kashmiris.