Islamabad, August 23, 2019 : Former Pakistan legendary cricketer Javed Miandad made an inflammatory statement against India after the Narendra Modi government scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by diluting Article 370. Miandad said that Pakistan should use nuclear bomb against India. Speaking to local media, Miandad said, “If you (Pakistan) have a licensed weapon, then you should attack. There is a rule across the world that you can kill people in your defence. They (India) will feel the pain when their bodies would go to their homes.” Article 370 Revoked in Jammu and Kashmir: Shoaib Akhtar Echoes Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shahid Afridi’s Calls Against Indian Government, Yahoo reported.
When one of the reporters asked the former Pakistan cricket captain that what message he wanted to give to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that India is very cunning country. Miandad also threatened to finish off India with nuclear bomb. He said, “we have not kept atomic bombs like this, we will bomb India with them…we will clean India with a nuclear bomb.” Article 370 Row: Rajnath Singh Faces Off With Farooq Abdullah, Says ’No Option But to Abolish Article 370 & 35A’.
The video of former Pakistan batsman’s media interaction is going viral on social media. However, the exact date of his media interaction is not known. The Miandad’s statement came at a time when the tensions between both India and Pakistan are at loggerheads over the Kashmir issue. Earlier Pakistani cricketers including Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and Sarfaraz Nawaz also supported their government’s stand on Jammu and Kashmir.
On August 5, the Centre not only scrapped the special status of the state but also divided it into two union territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The change in Jammu and Kashmir status will come into effect on October 31. After the Modi government’s move, Pakistan also downgraded bilateral relations with India.