Indian atrocities in occupied Jammu and Kashmir by any means are not obscure events. The conflict has been wreaking havoc on poor Kashmiri’s from last few decades and recent developments have further aggravated the situation. Kashmir issue is the main reason behind animosity between the two nations and a glimpse of it can be witnessed on the cricket field.
Shahid Afridi’s recent tweet on Kashmir has infuriated Indians. So as a response, Indian media and cricket fraternity have joined forces to troll Afridi from all sides. Realistically speaking, Afridi’s tweet was not based on hatred or prejudice.
Afridi tweeted as, “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 & other int bodies & why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?”
On the basis of these comments, the Indian media inflamed a story that has nothing to do except censuring Pakistan’s star cricketer. The tit-for-tat spell began purposely when Gautam Gambhir, an all-time wrangler on the field, came out personally with his nasty remarks against Afridi followed by Suresh Raina, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. Indian forces shot dead 12 Kashmiris in a recent spate of violence in the held valley. The murdered Kashmiris have been branded as terrorists by the Indian media, so as by the Indian cricketers who are actively defending the killings on social media.
Shahid Afridi has been a friendly fellow having good relations with Indian cricketers especially Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Kohli and Zaheer Khan. He always praised Indian fans and occasionally made welcoming gestures throughout his career to exemplify harmony between the two countries. His tweet on Kashmir has to be treated as his personal opinion. He reserves all rights to express himself and whatever he’s said is based on reality. After all, sportsmen also have sentiments and they feel the same pain when their own people are subjugated and oppressed. What’s happening in Kashmir appears “Appalling and Worrisome” as Afridi said, to any human being in the world but it’s really surprising that some people support such an extent of abuse, when it does not happen to their own race.