Indian cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir spoke of Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan.
Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan was seen speaking about his country in the recent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), was quoted as using words and phrases such as “bloodbath”, which did not go well with Gambhir.
Gambhir slammed the former Pakistani captain for his speech at UNGA, saying it was invoking terrorism rather than peace. According to Gambhir, sportspeople shoulf act as role models, but the former Pakistani sportsman was acting as a role model for terrorists.
He took to twitter to say that Imran Khan should be “excommunicated” from sports community.
“Sportspeople are supposed to be role models. Of good behavior. Of Team spirit. Of ethics. Of strength of character. Recently in the UN, we also saw a former sportsperson speak up. As a role model for terrorists. Imran Khan should be excommunicated from sports community,” a tweet from Gambhir’s official twitter handle read.
In Imran Khan’s speech of a supposed 15 minutes that stretched to about 50 minutes, he seemed to concentrate a lot on violence.
“If a conventional war starts between the two countries … anything could happen. But supposing a country seven times smaller than its neighbor is faced with the choice – either you surrender or you fight for your freedom till death? What will we do? I ask myself this question … and we will fight. … and when a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, it will have consequences far beyond the borders,” Imran Khan sad in the speech.
A major part of the Pakistani Prime Minister’s speech was targeted against India, to which India used right to reply at UNGA in response. Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary MEA, said , ” PM Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship not statesmanship.”
“Will Pakistan deny that Financial Action Task Force has put the country on notice for its violations of more than 20 of the 27 key parameters?” she further went on to say. “And would PM Imran Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?”