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Shahid Afridi Criticises Indian Media For 'Misconstruing' His Remarks On Kashmir

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| November 15 , 2018 , 12:57 IST

Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi took an about turn on Wednesday from his remarks that he made on Wednesday that Kashmir should be “allowed to evolve as an independent state” and blamed the Indian media for quoting him out of context.

In a video that got viral, he was heard saying, "Pakistan doesn't want Kashmir. It can't even manage its four provinces. The big thing is insaaniyat (humanity). People who are dying there, it is painful. Any death, be it from any community, is painful."

He was heavily criticised on social media and TV channels for his remark which deviated from the state policy of Pakistan on Kashmir.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh also reacted to Shahid Afridi's comment on Kashmir, "What 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.

The cricketer later issued a clarification and said that his comment was blown out of proportion.

In another tweet, he said that his clip about Kashmir, which was uploaded by a Pakistani journalist on social media, was incomplete.

“My clip is incomplete & out of context as what I said as what I said before that is missing. Kashmir is unresolved dispute & under brutal Indian occupation. It must be resolved as per UN resolution. Myself along with every Pakistani support Kashmiri freedom struggle. Kashmir belongs to Pakistan."

This was not the first time that Afridi made a comment about Kashmir. Even in April this year, the former cricketer had urged the UN and other international organisations to put a halt to the chaotic situation in Kashmir. The comments didn’t go down well with India and Afridi was criticised