While there has been much acrimony between India and Pakistan on Saturday over the terrorist attack at the Sunjwan army camp in Jammu, cricketer Shahid Afridi's gesture a day earlier came in for much appreciation from people of both countries. While posing with fans after a match in the Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland, he asked an Indian woman to hold the tricolour straight, as it was folded.
In a video, Afridi can be seen approaching a group of Indian fans who asked him to pose with them for a photograph and telling one of them, "Flag seedha karo apna" (Keep the flag straight)."
Afridi — along with other prominent cricketers such as Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis and Daniel Vettori — was in St Moritz in Switzerland on 8 and 9 February for the Ice Cricket Games.
Several Twitter users from both India and Pakistan appreciated Afridi's gesture, at a time when social media comments on relations between the two countries are often characterised by aggression and venom.
Who says Pakistani always wants war , there's this guy too - @SAfridiOfficial
— Nalin Indian (@NinNalinSaini) February 10, 2018
Celebrities like Shahid Afridi are true representatives of logical public on both ends of #India #Pakistan border who've nothing personal against eachother, state policies of India r to blame only. Found the hesitant #Indian girl extremely cute!
Beautiful. Awestruck. Dumbfounded. https://t.co/sxcYawdUbY
— Mona Alam (@MonaAlamm) February 10, 2018
Shahid Afridi showing lots of neighbourly love pic.twitter.com/HfxA6eyEuz
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 10, 2018
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Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018 16:25:42 IST