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Why don't you go celebrate in Pakistan: Gautam Gambhir to Hurriyat's Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Cricketer Gautam Gambhir has in a tweet asked a Kashmiri separatist to celebrate Pakistan's win in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan rather than in Kashmir.

The provocation for Gambhir's tweet? Separatist Hurriyat man Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeting his joy at Pakistan beating India in the Champion's Trophy final.

That got Gambhir's goat, and with one sarcastic tweet, the former India opener managed to not just slam Farooq, he also got in a dig at what some say is China's increasing 'colonisation' of Pakistan.

In fact, this isn't the first time Farooq congratulated the Pakistani cricket team. After it beat England to enter the Champions Trophy final, the Kashmiri separatist tweeted:

Clearly, Gambhir had had enough.
The batsman has of late been tweeting about things not cricket. He has taken on those who abuse India's armed forces.

That tweet came after a video was circulated in April allegedly showing paramilitary jawans being kicked and abused by a section of people, allegedly in Kashmir.

A month before that, Gambhir spoke in favour of the Indian Army, but at the same time defended Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who posted a pro-peace message and was not just mocked for it but hounded. There were also rape threats against her.

Gambhir strongly supported Gurmehar.

"I have the utmost respect for the Indian Army. Their service to the nation and all of us is unmatched. However the recent events have left me with a sense of disappointment. We live in a free country where everyone is entitled to their opinion. If a daughter who lost her father puts up posts about the horrors of war with the intention of achieving peace, she has all the right to," he said.


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