Pakistani Celebrities Supporting Salman Khan Could Not Spare A Tweet for Shahid Afridi
Although there is something always going on in the Indian and Pakistani twitterverse, the last couple of days have been crazier than usual. There is no denying the fact that the people of both countries want peace. They don’t view each other as enemies. But it is also true that there are a few issues that need to be solved before India and Pakistan can become friendly neighbors. And the biggest issue among them is the issue of Kashmir. The news coming from the valley for the past few weeks has been worrisome for everyone. Over the last weekend, 20 people were killed by the Indian forces.
Shahid Afridi’s Sane Demand:
After the clashes between Indian forces and Kashmiris, Shahid Afridi made a simple demand to the United Nations in this tweet:
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
All hell broke loose after Afridi’s tweet. Indian media called him an ISI agent and Indian cricketers and celebrities started attacking Afridi on Twitter for speaking up for the innocent Kashmiris.
Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What’s there to say? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 3, 2018
Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so always. Kashmir is the pious land where my forefathers were born. I hope @SAfridiOfficial bhai asks Pakistan Army to stop terrorism and proxy war in our Kashmir. We want peace, not bloodshed and violence. 🙏
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) April 4, 2018
Dear Mr Afridi , since you want to see a peaceful JK sans any human rights violations could you please see to it that pak terrorists stop infiltrations n pak army stops supporting the separatists by closing down the training camps . It will greatly help in solving the problem
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) April 3, 2018
Sachin Tendulkar joins Virat Kohli, Kapil; slams Shahid Afridi for Kashmir remarks [Video]
— IBTimes India (@ibtimes_india) April 5, 2018
After seeing all the hatred Shahid Afridi was getting from Indian cricketers, Ahmed Shahzad tweeted this to show the world the difference between Shahid Afridi and Indian cricketers:
When this picture was being taken Lala insisted that the flag be held upright..as it shld b. As neighbors v have rights toward each other n also responsibility 2 spread peace n love. It hurts me 2 c the way my Indian peers reacting to our national hero..totally not cool 👎🏼 https://t.co/xLyPuOa8Us
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) April 5, 2018
Shehzad Roy also tweeted saying how Afridi’s tweet echo his sentiments.
Shahid Afridi s comments on the tragedy in Kashmir echo my sentiments as well as those of anyone who cares about human rights. He's always been a champion of peace in the region and we're so proud of him @SAfridiOfficial https://t.co/7TNr4VMyGx
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) April 6, 2018
But it is sad to note that against the united front of Indian cricketers and celebrities, there weren’t many Pakistani cricketers and celebrities’ tweets in support of Shahid Afridi.
The Verdict Against Salman Khan:
The situation, however, was completely the opposite when the news of Salman Khan getting imprisoned for five years went viral on Twitter. Pakistani celebrities from all walk of life tweeted in support of Salman Khan.
— Feroze Khan (@ferozekhaan) April 5, 2018
Really Sad to see my friend Salman khan sentenced for 5 year But the Law must take its course & we got to respect the decision of honourable court of India but i still think punishment is to harsh but my heart goes to his family & fans ..
Am sure he will out soon ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 5, 2018
Just because I believe his sentence is harsh doesn’t automatically mean I condone animal extinction. We must have compassion towards the human race first & FOREMOST! Which means sometimes you have to let go in view of the OUTSTANDING good work they have done! #SalmanKhan 2/2
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) April 6, 2018
I have witness the religion that he belongs to which is called humanity. Today is a sad day @BeingSalmanKhan you are a bigger person than all of us. Respects for you always and forever.
— HUMAIMA MALICK (@HumaimaMalick) April 5, 2018
Can India demonstrate the rule of law by hanging the killers of innocents Kashmiris by taking action against PM Modi .
Salman Khan has been made an escape goat to demonstrate the so called rule of law in India.
Hang RSS operators lead by PM Modi otherwise release Salman Khan .
— Senator Rehman Malik (@SenRehmanMalik) April 6, 2018
But thankfully we still have some voices here that are not fooled by the light of stardom and know the right questions to ask:
Why wasn’t he jailed when he killed 1 and injured 4 homeless men back in 2002?! #SalmanKhan
— Manal Aijaz (@meemelif) April 5, 2018
The Twisted Trends of the Internet:
The internet is a wild place. The rules of real life don’t apply to the internet. The concept of good and bad works differently in this realm. Why is it that Pakistani celebrities failed to come forward in numbers to support the rightful demand of Shahid Afridi but expressed their sadness over Salman Khan’s imprisonment straight away? George Orwell said in 1984: “If there is hope it lies in the Proles”, so here is hoping that the common people will call out the celebrities for their hypocrisy.