Kashmir is a sensitive issue, Afridi should not play with sentiments: PaK PM

SRINAGAR: Pakistan administered Kashmir’s (PaK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said that Shahid Afridi’s controversial statement about occupied Kashmir might have been driven by his desire to become a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Speaking at a ceremony, he said “Kashmir is a sensitive issue, Afridi should not play with sentiments of people of Kashmir. We will not compromise on Kashmir’s independence.

“To us Kashmir is a matter life and death. Sports persons should not give such statements,” he said.

Afridi faced back lash at home after he said ” Don’t give Kashmir to Pakistan, don’t give it to India either. Kashmir should belong to Kashmiris, Kashmir is not even an issue. The world has made it an issue”.

The Indian media highlighted the statement from the former flamboyant all-rounder prompting Afridi to clarify that he remarks were misconstrued by the Indian media.

To make things clear he said on Twitter “my comments are being misconstrued by Indian media!. I am passionate about my country and greatly value the struggles of Kashmiris. Humanity must prevail and they should get their rights”.

He said “My clip is incomplete and out of context as what I said before that is missing. Kashmir is unresolved dispute and 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. (PTK)