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Shahid Afridi Clarifies the Reality Behind Viral Photo with Pro-Israel Group

Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has clarified the truth behind a viral photo with a pro-Israeli group after the account, “NW Friends of Israel,” a grassroots organization advocating for Israel, shared a photo of Afridi with two of its officials, alleging his endorsement of their cause.

In a post on the social media site X (formerly Twitter), Shahid Afridi requested people not to believe everything that is uploaded. Afridi stated that he took the photo with those individuals because he thought they were regular fans.

“Imagine strolling down a street in Manchester (UK) and so-called fans approach you for a selfie. You oblige, and moments later, they upload it as some form of Zionist endorsement,” Afridi wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

He urged his followers not to believe everything posted online.

“Unbelievable! Please don’t believe everything that is uploaded. Seeing innocent lives in Palestine suffer is truly heartbreaking.” he added.

Afridi clarified that he often takes pictures with fans globally and prayed for peace, freedom, and an end to the ongoing conflict. Despite his clarification, FOI responded, insisting that Afridi had willingly posed for the photo with their hostage placards and leaflets.

Afridi emphasized that the photo does not reflect his support for any situation involving human suffering.

“Seeing innocent lives in Palestine suffer is truly heartbreaking. Any photo or association shared in Manchester does not reflect my support for any situation where human lives are at stake,” he stated. He explained that he often takes pictures with fans worldwide, and this situation was no different.

I pray for peace, I pray for an end to this war, I pray for  freedom.” Afridi wrote.

Following Afridi’s post, the FOI organization responded by stating:

“You spoke to us of your own free will and posed for a selfie with hostage leaflets to support our cause. It’s hugely disappointing you have caved into those who would oppose the release of innocent babies, children, women and men held hostage by the terrorists of Hamas,”.

Afridi countered, reiterating that he believed the selfie was a harmless fan interaction and did not support FOI’s tweet, requesting its removal due to inaccuracy. The back-and-forth continued with FOI challenging Afridi to own his actions, claiming he requested a photo with them and the placards in the background.

The controversy comes amid the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, which has resulted in significant casualties. Since October 7, Israeli forces have killed at least 37,431 and injured 85,653 people in Gaza, predominantly civilians.

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