Top cricketers lash out at Shahid Afridi for Kashmir tweet

New Delhi: Hitting back at Shahid Afridi for his comments on Kashmir, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday said that “India can very well manage its internal affairs” while batsman Suresh Raina asked the former Pakistan captain to advise his country’s army that it stops ‘supporting’ extremists for maintaining peace in the Valley.

Afridi on Tuesday expressed concerns about worrisome situation in Kashmir.

“It is obvious that we have capable people to manage our country, run our country. No outsider needs to tell us what we need to do,” said Tendulkar at an event in Mumbai.

Raina, who has roots in Kashmir, took to twitter to offer advise to Afridi.

“Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so always. Kashmir is the pious land where my forefathers were born. I hope @SAfridiOfficial bhai asks Pakistan Army to stop terrorism and proxy war in our Kashmir. We want peace, not bloodshed and violence,” Raina wrote on the social networking site.

India captain Virat Kohli said being an Indian, country’s interest was paramount to him.

“As an Indian you want to express what is best for your nation and my interests are always for the benefit of our nation. If anything opposes it, I would never support it for sure,” Kohli told reporters on the sidelines a training session at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

Former India player Mohammad Kaif said Afridi would not have made the comments had Pakistani cricketers were still playing in the Indian Premier League.

“‘Paisa Bolta Hai’. Can’t imagine Afridi making these comments if Pakistani players were still playing in the IPL. Rather, what’s needed to be condemned foremost is the reason because of which Pakistani players are not allowed to play in the IPL – Infiltration from Pakistani terrorists and Pakistan’s support to separatists,” Kaif wrote on his Twitter handle.

“We wish peace and love but peace is a two way street,” he added.

Former India captain Kapil Dev said that Afridi’s comment does not even deserve a reaction.

“I have no time for him. Who is he? Why are we giving importance to him? We should not be giving importance to such people. If somebody sitting in one corner of the world says something, I think the best thing is not to react to it,” Kapil Dev said in Mumbai.

Renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar also expressed the same sentiments.

“Dear Mr Afridi , since you want to see a peaceful JK sans any human rights violations could you please see to it that pak terrorists stop infiltrations n pak army stops supporting the separatists by closing down the training camps. It will greatly help in solving the problem,” wrote the artist.PTI

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