‘Pakistan doesn’t need Kashmir, let Kashmir be independent,’ says Shahid Afridi in London

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Pakistan international cricketer Shahid Afridi, has given a lesson to Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Kashmir dispute. At a press meet in London, Afridi said Pakistan should not be demanding Kashmir as it was not able to handle even the four provinces it has.

“Pakistan doesn’t need Kashmir; it is not able to even handle the four provinces it has,” Afridi can be heard in a video of the press interaction.

The 38-year-old cricketer was addressing students at the British parliament when he made remarks that embarrass his own country and its new government headed by cricket legend Imran Khan.

“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,” Shahid Afridi is heard saying in a video shared on social media.

It is not the first time that Afridi has commented on the Kashmir issue. Earlier this year in April, he had tweeted, “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?”

Earlier in 2016, Afridi had suggested that a lot of Kashmiri fans supported Pakistani cricketers. To this, many Twitter users reminded him that Pakistan has failed to dismantle terror sanctuaries on its soil and allows global terrorists like 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to roam freely.

A recent study found that Pakistan remains a breeding ground and supporter of global terrorism and is responsible for three times the terror risk to humanity that Syria poses.