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India captain Virat Kohli responds to Shahid Afridi’s comments about Kashmir region

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By Adam Ellis

Virat Kohli has responded to Shahid Afridi’s remarks claiming the United Nations should consider intervening in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Pakistan all-rounder Afridi tweeted his concerns about counter-terrorism operations in Indian-occupied Kashmir, which saw at least three Indian soldiers and 13 suspected militants killed in a gunfight on Sunday.

That tweet drew a fiery response from India batsman Gautam Gambhir who mocked Afridi as someone ‘celebrating a dismissal off a no-ball’.

Kashmir has long been a flashpoint for controversy and strained relations between the two cricketing nations since partition almost 70 years ago.

The claim for certain areas means a heavy military presence along the border remains, while separatist militias continue to stir reactions from either side.

In a defined, but more level way of condemning Afridi’s comments than Gambhir’s retort, India captain Kohli said he agreed with actions which were in the best interests of his country.

“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,” ANI quoted Kohli as saying.

“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.

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