Islamabad, September 20 (KMS): Former skipper of Pakistan cricket team and flamboyant all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, highlighted the Kashmir dispute during a live sports show, stating that India and Pakistan should allow the “Kashmiris to decide where they want to go”.

Shahid Afridi along with Gautam Gambhir and other cricketers was discussing the possibilities of bilateral Pak-India series during a joint live show of a private News Channel of Pakistan and an Indian channel covering the much anticipated India-Pakistan clash in the ongoing Asia Cup, the other day.

A host told Afridi that Indian people would miss his absence to which he replied, “I too miss the love from India as the love has always been close to heart and I want the ties between two countries to strengthen for continuous Pak-India bilateral series.”

Immediately the Indian host told Afridi that when he tweets, Gautam responds. To this Afridi responded that it is Gautam’s love for him.

Gautam said, “I respond the same way as Afridi tweets and if he thinks this is my love for him, I hope this love continues.”

Afridi said it is their responsibility as celebrities, team ambassadors to carry the messages of love to which Gautam completely agreed.

“I completely agree with Shahid, it is the jawans (soldiers) who have to sacrifice their lives. Mothers lose their sons from both the sides and the thing that matters is if the ties will get better only then cricketing relations between the countries would improve,” Gautam said.

To which Afridi replied he wants to add what Gautam said. “I often say that Kashmir should neither be given to India nor to Pakistan. It is the Kashmiris who should be asked where they want to go.”

Gautam didn’t respond and the host had to intervene as she told Afridi to leave it and they are there to discuss the Asia Cup match rather than the Kashmir dispute.

Afridi didn’t agree to his intervention and said, “No, no we are here to get people closer.”

Afridi and Gambhir have been involved in heated conversations on previous instances as well on social media discussing the Kashmir issue.


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