Religion Not Mandatory To Feel Kashmir Agony, Shahid Afridi Says

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SRINAGAR: Pakistan’s star batsman and former captain Shahid Afridi has raised Kashmir yet again. This time, however, he says people need not necessarily look at Kashmir from a religious angle.

“It does not take a religious belief to feel the agony of Kashmiris..just a right heart at the right place. #SaveKashmir,” he tweeted. Earlier he said in a tweet: “The real beauty of Kashmir lies in the valiant spirit of courageous Kashmiris….”

Afridi is one of the Pakistani sportspersons who frequently talks about Kashmir. Sometimes, he picks up battles with his counterparts in India. His twitter wars with Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has always remained a major headline in the media from the two sides of the divide.

Now running Afridi Foundation, the star batsman remains busy with the social work. He made major news yesterday when he purchased Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim’s bat for the US $20,000.

It was in April when Mushfiqur had announced that he was auctioning the willow, with which he scored a double hundred against Sri Lanka in 2013, to raise funds for the Covid-19 relief work in Bangladesh. Afridi bought the memorabilia for his foundation for US $20,000 (equivalent to BDT 16.8 lakh).

When Afridi took the bat, it humbled Rahim. “Shahid Afridi bought my bat on behalf of his foundation. I feel privileged and honoured that someone like him has joined our great cause,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Rahim saying.

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