Published On: Wed, Sep 18th, 2019
Published in Category: Karachi

Have always seen Karachi mayor crying: Afridi

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KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi said on Wednesday that he had always seen Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar “crying” over the lack of powers.

Speaking at a ceremony in Karachi, the former cricketer said, “It is quite easy to raise a finger at the government, but the most important thing is to realise what we are doing ourselves.”

He said the country requires professionals who bear good character and take responsibility. Responding to a question about Karachi issues, Afridi said if the local government had been unable to deliver, then obviously there had to be the federal government’s involvement.

He said he wondered about the Karachi mayor, adding, “I have always seen him crying that ‘I do not have power. I have not been given this, I have not been given that’.

“If you have not been given power, then why are you sitting in the mayor’s seat? Why don’t you leave it?”

The former cricketer lamented that politics was being done on Karachi issues, saying, “The people are looking towards you. You are the mayor of Karachi.”

He also said the prime minister should at least financially support his party lawmakers from Karachi, so that they could clean the areas from where they received votes.

Shahid Afridi demanded the state publicly hang people who have raped children to set an example for others. His comments came in response to a question about the recent horrifying incident pertaining to child abuse and murder in Punjab’s Kasur district.

Protests broke out in Kasur’s Chunian early Wednesday, a day after bodies of three missing children were found. The protest was held outside the City Chunian police station, where the demonstrators demanded the arrest of the murderers.

Afridi said there lies a huge responsibility on the state in this regard, demanding the public hanging of the perpetrators behind such heinous incidents.

He also said that no human rights group should object to capital punishment for child abusers. “An example should be set for others and no human rights [group] should have any problem with it,” the former cricketer said.

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