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“Someone should tell [the] Pakistani media and other Pakistanis that no matter how good Tendulkar is, they should not praise him, it is against Pakistani nationalism and against loyalty to the country”
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have issued a chilling warning to the country’s media organisations to stop praising legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar and start supporting captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Tendulkar recently announced his retirement from international cricket after an illustrious 24-year career, which ended with the ‘Little Master’ representing India in his 200th Test.
However, Shahidullah Shahid, the main spokesman for the TTP, stated that it was time for the country to unite behind ul-Haq, despite him being a “substandard and low-level player”.
“There is an Indian cricket player called Tendulkar,” Shahid said in a video message, in which he was flanked by two masked men with AK-47s. “He has been exceedingly praised by Pakistani media and also praised by a lot of Pakistanis.
“Now someone should tell [the] Pakistani media and other Pakistanis that no matter how good Tendulkar is, they should not praise him, it is against Pakistani nationalism and against loyalty to the country.”
Shahid also called on the country’s media to stop criticising ul-Haq since “he is a Pakistani”.
“No matter that Misbah-ul-Haq is a substandard and low-level player, Pakistani media should praise him because he is a Pakistani,” Shahid said.