My comments are being misconstrued by Indian media: Shahid Afridi

The former cricketer had reportedly told students at an event in England that Kashmir should be independent since Pakistan would not be able to manage it.

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Former skipper Shahid Khan Afridi has dismissed Indian media reports, saying his comments on Kashmir were being misconstrued by Indian media.

Shahid Afridi took to Twitter after Hindustan Times quoted Afridi as saying,  “I say Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. Don’t give it to India either. Let Kashmir be independent. At least humanity will be alive. Let people not die. 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.”

Later, Afridi tweeted, “My comments are being misconstrued by Indian media! I’m passionate about my country and greatly value the struggles of Kashmiris. Humanity must prevail and they should get their rights.”

In a video that had earlier gone viral, Afridi was heard saying, “I say Pakistan does not want Kashmir. Don’t give it to India either. Let Kashmir be independent. At least humanity will be alive. Let people not die. Pakistan does not want Kashmir. It cannot even manage its four provinces.”

Afridi had said humanity was most important. “Any death, be it from any community, is painful,” he added.

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