India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday slammed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi following his tweet condemning anti-terror operations in Kashmir.
"As an Indian you want to express what is best for your nation and my interests are always for the benefit of our nation. If anything opposes it, I would never support it for sure," Kohli told reporters in Bengaluru.
"But having said that, it's a very personal choice for someone to comment about certain issues. Unless I have total knowledge of the issues and the intricacies of it I don't engage in it but definitely, your priority stays with your nation," he added.
India's first World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev also took a dig at Afridi, saying: "Who is he? Why are we giving importance to him? We should not be giving importance to certain people."
Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir too slammed Afridi for making comments on Kashmir.
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
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
Afridi had on Tuesday condemned the recent anti-terror operations by Indian security forces in Kashmir and had urged the United Nations to stop the bloodshed.
"Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination and independence. Wonder where is the @UN and other int bodies and why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?" Afridi had tweeted.
"We respect all. And this is an example as sportsman. But when it comes to human rights we expect the same for our innocent Kashmiris," he added.
Tendulkar lashes out at Afridi for meddling in India's internal matter
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar too on Wednesday lashed out at the former Pakistani skipper for meddling in India's internal matter.
When asked about Afridi's comments about Kashmir, Tendulkar said, "We have got capable people to manage and run our country. No outsider needs to know or tell us what we need to do."
With Agency Inputs