Pakistan’s cricketer Hasan Ali’s wife has requested India’s External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar to ensure her safety “as an Indian”.
In a series of tweets, Samiya Arzoo who belongs to Faridabad in Haryana, begged for her family’s well-being after her husband became the nation’s villain number one, having dropped Australian batsman Matthew Wade which cost Pakistan a shot at the finals of the T20 World Cup in UAE.
In the 19th over, Hasan dropped a catch in the field which was followed by three consecutive sixes by Wade off Shaheen Afridi to seal the match in Australia’s favour.
Hasan Ali, as well as his family of a wife and a year-old daughter, have been receiving death threats and vilest of abuses in Pakistan, and it hasn’t helped that Samiya is an India while Hasan is a Shia—the two sets of people who live under the shadow of constant threat in the Sunni Islamic country of Pakistan.
Tweeted Samiya: “Many shameless fans targeted our daughter too and threatening to harm her. If I dont get any assurance from higher authority of our safety, I will be moving to Haryana to my parents as caution. I appeal to @DrSJaishankar to look into this for my safety as an Indian.”
In another tweet, Samiya asserted she is a “proud Indian” but “I am not R&W agent and my husband (Hasan Ali) certainly didn’t miss the catch because he is a Shia.”
In a damning indictment, Samiya was disgusted “to hear majority of Pakistani fans think me as an Indian agent/unlucky…we are receiving threats in Dubai and our home in Pakistan.”
So far Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan hasn’t come out in support of Hasan Ali, having been a champion cricketer himself in the past. And same remains the case with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Samiya made sure that she put both of them in an embarrassing spot in another tweet.
Some of the abuses on Social Media were unprintable.