Pakistan cricket sensation and former skipper Shahid Khan Afridi is hopeful that one day he shall visit Kashmir Valley saying “there will be a plan, I will come. I will surely come one day to Kashmir.”
“First Kashmir issue will have to be resolved. You people are struggling hard for freedom. Once Kashmir gets freedom, I will love to come there,” Rising Kashmir, a local newspaper, quoted him as saying.
Afridi, admired by Kashmir youth for his flamboyant batting style since he hit the cricketing field in 1996, has asked the youth “to continue their education in every circumstance” and study at home if the education institutions continue to remain shut.
Afridi also didn’t rule out extending Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) operations in Kashmir.
“In future, we will definitely start working in Kashmir as well. We work for humanity. But as of now our focus is on my nearby areas of my native place where people need more assistance. We are working in these areas presently,” he said.
Afridi, along with his former teammate Shoaib Malik, has been named as part the ICC World XI at Lord’s next month.
— ICC (@ICC) April 19, 2018
Of late, Afridi’s tweets made headlines in local and Delhi media when he batted for a resolution for Kashmir issue.
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 @UN & other int bodies & why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 3, 2018
On the gruesome rape-and-murder of an 8-year-old Muslim child at Kathua in Jammu, Afridi tweeted:
Whether 6yr old Zainab of Kasur or 8yr old Asifa of Jammu,these barbaric inhumane acts shud b condemned & those behind shud be punished to the max,let these cases be a lesson for the culprits whr no daughter will ever be subjected to this henious act #NeverAgain #JusticeforAsifa
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 13, 2018