Former captain Shahid Khan Afridi. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Khan Afridi has said that he has no intention of joining politics and his welfare work must not be given a political angle.

Addressing a press conference at Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) on Saturday, the flamboyant all-rounder said he don’t have any wish or plan to starting a political career in near future.

However, he said he doesn’t know what the future has in store for him. He said only Almighty Allah knows what the future has in store for him. He said no one knows about his future so it must not be said that he has taken a U-turn if he takes some decision in future.

Shahid Afridi appreciated the role of Balochistan in promoting tourism and trade sectors. He said there is great potential in Balochistan and he can see that the outside world will seek aid from Pakistan the day when the province stands on its feet.

The former captain said he only saw poverty wherever he went in Balochistan. He said Balochistan is an extremely beautiful place that is why he has brought his children there to show them the beauty of the province. He questioned why the law and order situation in Balochistan is being allowed to get deteriorated by allowing a third party take advantage of the situation.

Shahid Afridi said the people of Balochistan must forge unity for durable peace. The former captain asked the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come forward and play their role in resolving Balochistan’s problems.

The all-rounder went on to say that he wants to teach the children of Balochistan, and help find and support its cricketing talent. He said if a city like Siaklot can establish an airport with the help of trade community, then why not a cricket academy could be established in Balochistan.

The trade leaders on the occasion held a meeting with Shahid Afridi. The trader urged everyone to play their role like Shahid Afridi has during the coronavirus situation.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan, Shahid Afridi is visiting different parts of the country to help the people in need.