Proud Hindu Danish Kaneria fearful of persecution of minorities in Pakistan

Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has condemned the deteriorating plight of religious minorities in Pakistan, saying that the government needs to stop such incidents immediately. Kaneria told IANS that such incidents bring disrepute to Pakistan. I am a proud Hindu, for me Sanatan Dharma is above all, and at the same time, I respect every religion. Pakistan has given me so much love and affection, so I am really surprised to see these things. Kaneria on Wednesday posted a video on social media platforms Ku and Twitter in which miscreants can be seen vandalizing an idol of a Hindu deity. The incident reportedly took place on December 20 in Karachi’s Ranchor Line area. Kaneria has strongly criticized such incidents of vandalism through his social media posts. He wrote that the action is unacceptable and the country’s reputation is being tarnished. He also tagged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Twitter and asked him to intervene in the matter. ( Danish Kaneria scared)

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Requests PM Khan to take action

Religious freedom should not be compromised. They are tarnishing the image of Pakistan. I request PM Khan to take action. Anything we can do to protect our religion, it will be good for me and my community and for my religion. The leg-spinner said that he made his Test debut at the age of 19 against England in Faisalabad in November 2000. However, his career was derailed after he was banned for life from all cricket by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012 on two charges of spot-fixing in English County Championship Pro League matches. Between 2000 and 2010, Kaneria played 61 Tests, taking 261 wickets at an average of 34.79. He represented Pakistan in 18 ODIs with 15 wickets at 45.53. He still remains the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in Tests, and is fourth on the all-time list behind Wasim Akram (414), Waqar Younis (373) and Imran Khan (362).

Penalties for other cricketers reduced for charges (Danish Kaneria scared)

Kaneria also spoke out against the Pakistan Cricket Board and its current chief Rameez Raja, saying the PCB has done nothing on their appeal against the life ban, while reducing the penalties for other cricketers for similar charges. Other players have been allowed to play cricket by the PCB, but when I sought relief from them, they turned it down. Umar Akmal, (Mohammed) Amir, (Mohammed) Asif. The Karachi-born leggi said everyone has been given permission by the PCB, but I don’t know why they let me go. Rameez Raja knows me very well, he saw me playing. As PCB chairman, he has immense power. But he did not pay heed to my petition. ( Danish Kaneria scared)

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