Friday, 22 November 2019

Shahid Afridi bats for girls’ education, announces campaign

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s former captain and flamboyant cricketer Shahid Afridi – who was once criticized by women rights’ activists for his comments on women’s participation in sports – has announced to launch a campaign to promote girls’ education in country.

The former captain was joined by his daughters Aqsa and Insha at the press conference at his residence where he announced the campaign “Taleem Hogi Aam – Har Beyti Ke Naam” under his foundation.

“We will go to different cities in different provinces, from Punjab to Balochistan, from KP to Sindh, to tell people about importance of education, specially girls’ education,” Afridi told media in Karachi.

“Education is an important aspect for growth of any society, see how Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have moved ahead of us on basis of their education. So, it is important for us that we all collectively work for quality education in our country,” he said.

Afridi was criticized by activists in 2014 when he was asked about women’s participation in sports and he was of the opinion that women’s place is in kitchen.

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