NEW YORK :Popular cricket star Shahid Afridi has urged young Pakistanis living in the United States to counter the negative image of Pakistan being projected by Western media by adhering to their traditional values and setting a good example of ethical conduct.
Speaking at a largely-attended dinner hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) on Friday, Afridi said he has been very impressed by the concern and love the Pakistani-Americans, especially the young ones, have for their motherland.
“You are the real ambassadors of Pakistan and Islam,” he told the cheering audience at a restuarant in Queens, a borough of New York City.
Afridi is on a visit to the United States at ICNA’s invitation to help in raising funds for the organization’s Tableeghi activities and also for the hospital he is building in his village in Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa, in which health facilities are lacking.
A total of about $40,000 dollars were raised at the event through the auction of ICNA badges — at $1,000 a piece — and the rest through donations, according to Moaviz Siddiqui, who works for ICNA.
Replying to a question, Afridi said he has not yet decided to enter politics, even though he feels the urge to do so. Apart from playing cricket, he said he devoting time for welfare work in Pakistan and in the service of Islam.
ICNA President Naeem Baig welcomed Afridi.