What prompted Afridi to hail Kashmiri fans?

SRINAGAR: What led Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi to remark, much to the chagrin of some hypernationalist Indian news channels, that a lot of people ‘from Kashmir have come to support’ his team during the World Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Mohali on Wednesday?
Nasir Patiguru, a Kashmiri who had traveled to Mohali to support the Pakistan team, told Kashmir Reader that Kashmiri supporters had been singing popular Kashmiri folk songs in the stands.
“We were singing ‘Lala Zula Zalyoo (dear, let me light up wedding lights for you) and ‘Bobai suen kehai ronut, Badaam Gojay’, Pakistanuk fouj ha aai (mother, Pakistani warriors have arrived, I think you must have cooked almonds for them),” Nasir said.
“When the sloganeering intensified, Afridi visited a stand and asked us what these slogans meant. We told him that we have come from Kashmir to support Pakistan and also translated the Kashmiri slogans for him into Urdu,” he added.
Nasir said that Afridi told the Kashmiri fans that he had heard ‘Lala Zula Zalyo’ before.
“He thanked us for the support,” said Nasir who had come along with a group of 12 other Kashmiris.
“On way to Mohali we had been scores of Kashmiris heading for the venue,” he said.
And when Afridi later told former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja that a lot of Kashmiris had come to support his team, he drew flak from Board of Control for Cricket in India and TV channels.

15 Responses to "What prompted Afridi to hail Kashmiri fans?"

  1. nouman   June 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

    girls should not talk like that just take care about your self.

  2. Yusra   June 24, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Kashmir we love you :* :* :* Kashmir meri jaan .. same people,same language,same religion,same culture then why india?? Pakistanis are kashmiris and kashmiris are Pakistanis muahhhhhh. Love from blood sister Pakistani girl

  3. Aryan Yousuf   April 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Mr Vineet or whatever Kaul

    Even pandits were never tortured and now no more reside in Kashmir but still take pride in calling themselves as Kashmiri Pandit and not Indian Hindu.

    So there is no way India is Kashmir but Pakistan can be Kashmir as we share same feeling, same hatred for India.

    Jive Pakistan, Kashmir Zindabad!

  4. vineet kaul   April 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    No one in Pakistan knows kashmiri language even Afridi does not.

    So there is no way kashmir can be related with PAK.

  5. Shaharyaar   April 6, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Out of whole claptrap you wrote, “1947” was the only number without mistake 🙂 – But, if you slip yourself down the gorge you may find even this year as absurdly living in your living memory. Kashmiris have tied you to the United Nations as the occupying country and you said what? “never taken seriously” Is that [sic] or plain sick!

  6. GWR Shaky   March 28, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Now If you got some education, i am sure you have got it somewhere in a cowshed or where they teach u hatred only..
    Take your things, pack a bag and get admission i some good primary human teaching school, where they can teach you some manners… Ashamed of being in a country where people like you live.. Ashamed.

  7. Malik   March 27, 2016 at 2:56 am

    We miss you LALA .with out you cricket is nothing.

  8. kiran   March 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    kashmiris are pakistanis,,,
    actually afridi wanted to say to ramiz raja that,, we have alot of support from indian people and our kashmiri brothers….
    that makes difference….

  9. Akhoon   March 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Kashmiri will always love u Afridi

  10. Imran   March 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Muslim loves muslim, why not muslim suppprts muslim, whether they are from pakistan or any other country….

  11. Musa   March 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Pakistan has given blood to us and we will do it with each and very valve of our heart toungue might have become dirty by slanging indians but our heart is clear because it beats for pakistan

  12. Farah   March 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Sometimes I wonder don’t the Indians get it.. Kashmir can relate to Pakistan not because Pak is any superpower and we are dying to get a green card from them but simply because we are same people who have been divided by borders. We have nothing against India but simply we dont belong there. Pak has miserable political scene and so has India,s and thats not the point!

  13. Aamir   March 26, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Afridi is the great living legend ,, doesn’t matter wat thse filthy minded persns state abt ” kashmiris n Afridi “,,
    Afridi is our real hero ,,,
    Luv uh Afridi ,,, Cricket is really nothing without u ,,,,
    Luv n respct from Kashmir ,,,,,,,

  14. Sapna   March 26, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I guess if these so-called Kashmiris are so much ‘hailing’ etc, they should help Afridi with their tongues whenever he runs out of toilet paper. That will prove their worth! After all, what else has Pakistan used these people for until now…?

  15. Vakil   March 26, 2016 at 12:55 am

    As has been the case since 1947, all the (vocal) Valley Kashmiris end up backing the WRONG horse i.e. team — no wonder they are the world’s biggest LOSERS and are never taken seriously about ANYTHING they talk about…. (other than some tourist business and general time-pass) …. this World T20 has only proven this fact!