Pakistan doesn't need Kashmir, it can't handle its own four provinces: Shahid Afridi

File photo of former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 14, 2018, 04.51 PM (IST)

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi on Wednesday asked India and Pakistan to leave Kashmir for the sake of humanity and let it be independent.

While addressing students at British Parliament, Afridi said that Pakistan should not be demanding Kashmir as it has not been able to handle its own four provinces.

The 38 year-old all-rounder stressed that people were dying in Kashmir and it was painful to see that happen.

"Pakistan doesn't need Kashmir; it is not able to even handle the four provinces it has," said Afridi.

"Let Kashmir become a country. The people dying there should not die; humanity should stay alive. It pains to see people die there," he added. 

It is not the first time that Afridi has commented on the Kashmir issue. Earlier this year too, he had tweeted on the matter saying, "appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in Kashmir," and urged the UN to intervene.