Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has strongly criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his recent speech at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). (More Cricket News)
Ganguly labelled Khan's speech as "rubbish" and said the latter was not the cricketer the entire world knew. He made the comment while replying to Virender Sehwag's tweet in which he had shared a video of Imran Khan.
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"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...," Ganguly tweeted on Thursday night while replying to Virender Sehwag who also slammed the Pakistan Prime Minister.
Sehwag on Thursday shared a video in which American news anchors can be seen criticising Khan for his UNGA speech and 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."
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In his speech, Khan had hinted at a conventional war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours if things spin out of control. He also spoke about the radicalisation of Muslims in India and around the world.
"If a conventional war starts between the two countries, anything could happen. A country seven times smaller than its neighbour what will it do -- either surrender or fight for its freedom," he had said.
Earlier, Indian cricketers including Mohammad Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan had slammed Imran Khan for his speech at the UNGA and said his words did not reflect sportsmanship.
Relations between India and Pakistan have been on a downhill ever since the Narendra Modi government's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
At the UNGA, India Prime Minister Modi talked about India's growth and how the country has developed under his leadership, while the Pakistan PM spoke on the ongoing Kashmir issue and also warned India of a nuclear war.
On August 5, the Central government abrogated Article 370 removing the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir.
The government also brought in Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories -- Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
(Wih inputs from agencies)