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Pakistani feminists have been comparing the soccer sensation Egyptian footballer Mo Salah and Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi after the video of Mo Salah’s cheering daughter scoring a goal went viral on social media.
The video of Makka, the 4-year-old daughter of Mo Salah, went viral on social media as she was seen imitating her father while playing with a football and scoring goals in a Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium post-match. The crowd also cheered for the child as she scored two goals while playing with a football. The gleeful father Mo Salah then embraced his daughter.
Mo Salah watching his daughter score a goal I was not emotionally ready for this pic.twitter.com/LmCvjZveV0
— Michelle Ghoussoub (@MichelleGhsoub) May 12, 2019
Family + Football ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nq6ipnurDw
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 12, 2019
The four-year-old walked away from the net in an adorably humble fashion as hundreds of fans cheered her on. While the world cheered Mo Salah and his daughter, the Pakistani feminists have been comparing this with Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi who recently said that he will not allow his daughters to play outdoor sports.
The statement from Shahid Afridi was met with harsh criticism from protagonists of female rights on social media. Mo Salah bagged appreciation while Shahid Afridi was dubbed as a regressive, typical-minded middle age Pakistani father.
One user, Aisha Sarwari wrote:
Meanwhile our dearest #Pakistani cricketers think their daughters shouldn’t play outdoor sports. The irony, ingratitude and the utter stupidity of that statement baffles me. May there be more fathers like @MoSalah and may more girls score goals against the culture of segregation. https://t.co/ZteUArSBEz
— Aisha Sarwari (@AishaFSarwari) May 13, 2019
Journalist Fifi Haroon, who condemned the regressive approach of Shahid Afridi in the Independent article wrote, “This is why #MoSalah is such an amazing role model & hero for so many ppl. Both dad & daughter are a win-win. Your heart will fill with joy on watching this video. May all daughters and sons have fathers and mothers who champion them & help them fulfill all their dreams.”
This is why #MoSalah is such an amazing role model & hero for so many ppl. Both dad & daughter are a win-win. Your heart will fill with joy on watching this video.
May all daughters and sons have fathers and mothers who champion them & help them fulfill all their dreams ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/ZqfjlDOWIJ
— Fifi Haroon (@fifiharoon) May 13, 2019
— Anila Khawaja (@anilakhawaja) May 13, 2019
— Shahbaz Taseer (@ShahbazTaseer) May 13, 2019
Leading economists all over the world argue that in order to save themselves poor third world country’s must integrate women into their economies. @SAfridiOfficial is wrong, confused and depriving his children of opportunity and as a father there is no bigger crime. https://t.co/Iixg6AOcpD
— Shahbaz Taseer (@ShahbazTaseer) May 14, 2019
Shahid Afridi had written in his book ‘Game Changer’, “It’s for social and religious reasons that I’ve made this decision regarding my daughters not competing in public sporting activities and their mother agrees with me. The feminists can say what they want; as a conservative Pakistani father, I’ve made my decision”.