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In a controversial remark, retired Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi heaped praise on the Taliban stating that they have “come with a very positive mind.”
A video shared by Pakistani journalist Naila Inayat of Afridi surrounded by media reporters went viral on social media platforms where he stated, “Taliban have come with a very positive mind. They’re allowing ladies to work.”
❝Taliban have come with a very positive mind. They're allowing ladies to work. And I believe Taliban like cricket a lot❞ Shahid Afridi. He should be Taliban's next PM. pic.twitter.com/OTV8zDw1yu
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) August 30, 2021
The former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team also asserted that the Taliban are fun cricket-loving chaps. “I believe Taliban like cricket a lot,” said Afridi adding that their involvement in the field would help cricket grow.
The statement by Afridi is in stark contrast to the ground realities as several Afghan athletes and politicians, particularly women, have fled the country in fear of repercussions.
Working women and girls in Afghanistan are, however, terrified to face the Taliban regime after the militant group warned employed women in Afghanistan to stay indoors until it trains its security forces on “how to deal with women”.
Our security forces are not trained [in] how to deal with women or how to speak with women,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid reporedly told reporters at a press conference.