Former cricketer Shahid Afridi responds to criticism targeting him on social media for expressing disappointment in former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In his latest video message, Shahid Afridi said that Imran Khan has been his ideal since his cricketing days, adding that it was Imran Khan who inspired him to join cricket. He would not have been able to achieve this had Imran Khan not inspired him. The star cricketer said he served Pakistan first through cricket and now through his charity organization.
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He said that he has always idealized Imran Khan and appreciated him for his services. Afridi said Imran Khan led the Pakistan cricket team to victory, adding that he also appreciated the construction of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 6, 2022
شہباز شریف کو مبارکباد دی، کیوں کہ ہمیں اپنے لیڈرز کی عزت کرنی چاہیے – شاہد آفریدی pic.twitter.com/NYcQaiXR3t
— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) May 7, 2022
Shahid Afridi’s advice to the public
During his term, he appreciated his initiative of Sehat Card. The cricketer said he does have a right to oppose or disagree with Imran Khan. Afridi advised people to practice tolerance over differences of opinions. He said the differences should not be turned into hate. He said respecting differences of opinion is a sign of a healthy society.
Shahid Afridi said he believes every elected government has the right to complete its term. It is the people of Pakistan who should decide about the next government. He said he congratulated Shehbaz Sharif because he believes the leaders must be respected.
He appreciated the role and contributions of overseas Pakistanis. He asked why people in Pakistan cannot grow together in unity for the sake of the country.
Earlier, Shahid Afridi had expressed his frustration over the current political turmoil in Pakistan. The cricketer seemed to be agitated with the steps of the opposition to topple the sitting government of PTI. Afridi said that every elected government has the right to complete its five-year tenure. The cricketer added that it will take years to rectify and clean the entire political system. Social media users hinted that the cricketer is supporting PM Imran Khan.