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Shahid Afridi accused of attending pro Israel event

"I take pictures with fans from all over the globe, and this situation was no different," Afridi explained.

Pakistani cricket superstar Shahid Khan Afridi faced controversy after a pro-Israel Instagram account claimed he supported a “Friends of Israel” event in the UK on Wednesday.

Afridi quickly addressed the issue on his X handle after the account posted his photo as an “endorsement” of the event in Manchester.

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“Imagine strolling down a street in Manchester (UK) and so-called fans approach you for a selfie. You oblige, and moments later, they upload it as some form of Zionist endorsement…,” Afridi wrote. “Unbelievable! Please don’t believe everything that is uploaded.” He emphasized that the photo does not signify his support for any situation where “human lives are at stake.”

“Seeing innocent lives in Palestine suffer is truly heartbreaking. Any photo or association shared in Manchester does not reflect my support for any situation where human lives are at stake,” he added.

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“I take pictures with fans from all over the globe, and this situation was no different,” Afridi explained.

The “NW Friends of Israel” Instagram account had shared Afridi’s picture with two of its officials, claiming: “Pakistani international cricketer @SAfridiOfficial stopped to offer his support for our call to release the hostages at our NWFOI vigil last Sunday in Manchester.” The post included Afridi with NWFOI co-Chair Raohi Bloom and deputy Chair Bernie Yaffe, expressing thanks for his support.

Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, also expressed her astonishment, tweeting: “Waiting for a comment from @SAfridiOfficial on what he was doing at a Friends of Israel event.”