Dawood's relative Miandad bites Boom Boom Afridi for saying Pak should forget Kashmir

Karachi, Nov 16: Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has advised his fellow cricketers to avoid voicing opinions on political and other sensitive issues to avoid controversies. His advice came in the wake of comments made by all-rounder Shahid Afridi on the Kashmir issue."I would say what Afridi said was not suitable and should have been avoided," Miandad told the media in Karachi."It is best for cricketers to avoid giving statements on political and sensitive issues. Better they focus on cricket until they retire and decide to start a new career," Miandad, a veteran of 120 Tests, said.Afridi's comments on Kashmir can be heard in a video that went viral on Wednesday."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," Afridi tweeted on his account.He added that the clip is incomplete and has been taken out of context.Afridi said said that: "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."It is not the first time Afridi has got himself into a controversy because of his comments.Some months back he upset Miandad when he made some comments on the fixing issue and took a snipe at the former greatEarlier,  Afridi had proposed that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir should be given "independence", saying the country does not want the region as it cannot even manage its four provinces.In a viral video of his address to students in London, Afridi, also known as "Boom Boom", is heard saying that Pakistan is not interested in Kashmir and since the country is against giving it to India, the region should be given independence.(Video: Hindustan Times)"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," he said."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," Afridi said.He was heavily criticised on social media and TV channels for his remark which deviated from the state policy of Pakistan on Kashmir.Renowned news anchor Hamid Mir compared Afridi's solution to an "out of box" formula proposed by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. "The Musharraf formula failed because Kashmir can only be resolved under UN resolutions," he said. Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif also criticised Afridi for the remark.The cricketer later issued a clarification and said that his comment was blown out of proportion. "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.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday made light of Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi's comment on Kashmir, saying "what he said is right". "They (Pakistani government) are not able to manage Pakistan. How can they manage Kashmir? Kashmir was, is and will be a part of India," Singh said during his two-day campaign in Chhattisgarh.In a viral video posted on social media, Afridi, while addressing students at British parliament, said: "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 humanity. People who are dying there (Kashmir). It is painful. Any death, be it from any community, is painful."In a tweet on Wednesday, Afridi said: "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."

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