On Sunday, former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and termed the country “a safe breeding ground for terrorists”. Kaif shared an article of an Indian publication and wrote: “Yes, but your country Pakistan certainly has a lot to do with terrorism, a safe breeding ground for terrorists. What an unfortunate speech at the UN and what a fall from grace from being a great cricketer to a puppet of Pakistan army and terrorists.”
Ever since his speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Imran Khan has faced some severe criticism from various quarters around the world. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly had also labeled Imran Khan’s speech at the UNGA as “rubbish”, saying that this is not the cricketer the world knew of.
Yes ,but your country Pakistan certainly has a lot lot to do with terrorism, a safe breeding ground for terrorists. What an unfortunate speech at the UN and what a fall from grace from being a great cricketer to a puppet of Pakistan army and terrorists. https://t.co/UbUVG30R11
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 6, 2019
Ganguly had made the comment while replying to Virender Sehwag’s tweet in which he had shared a video of Imran Khan. He tweeted, “Viru…I see this and I am shocked…a speech which is unheard of…a world which needs peace, Pakistan as a country needs it the most…and the leader speaks such rubbish…not the Imran Khan the cricketer world knew…speech in UN was poor”.
Sehwag shared a video on Twitter in which American anchors were seen having an interview with the cricketer-turned Prime Minister Khan. He tweeted, “You sound like a welder from the Bronx, says the anchor. After the pathetic speech in the UN a few days ago, this man seems to be inventing new ways to humiliate himself.”
In an interaction with an American news channel, the Pakistan PM took a dig at infrastructure in New York, saying “You have to go to China and see the way their infrastructure is. In New York, I am watching the car bumping around here.”
The anchors did not take Imran Khan’s comment kindly and joked that: “You don’t sound like a Prime Minister of Pakistan, you sound like a voter from the Bronx”. On Wednesday, cricketers including Mohammed Shami, Harbhajan Singh, and Irfan Pathan slammed Imran Khan for his speech at the UNGA and said his words did not reflect sportsmanship.