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Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali’s wife sought India's help after family received death threats?

A Twitter post allegedly claimed that Pakistan’s cricketer Hasan Ali’s wife, Samiya Arzoo urged India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to ensure her safety "as an Indian". Turns out she never posted the appeal on social media.

Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali  wife urges India EAM S Jaishankar for help after family receives death threats-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Nov 13, 2021, 1:09 PM IST
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A Twitter post allegedly claimed that Pakistan’s cricketer Hasan Ali’s wife, Samiya Arzoo urged India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to ensure her safety "as an Indian". Turns out she never posted the appeal on social media. In fact, she does not even have a Twitter profile.

It was an unforgettable outing for Pakistan against Australia in the T20 World Cup semi-final, but it has been Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali who is receiving unending vile threats and abuse on social media. Pakistani fans lashed out their anger on the pacer, blaming him as the main culprit for ending their side’s unbeaten run in the tournament after he dropped a catch in the field which was followed by three consecutive sixes by Australian batsman Matthew Wade off Shaheen Afridi to seal the match in Australia’s favour.

On Twitter, posts emerged claiming to be from Pakistan’s cricketer Hasan Ali’s Indian-origin wife Samiya Arzoo, which claimed that she and her one-year-old daughter were receiving death threats and that she had urged India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to ensure her safety “as an Indian”.

In a series of tweets that went viral, Samiya Arzoo, who hails from the northern state of Haryana, pleaded for her family’s well-being after her husband became the nation’s number one villain having dropped Matthew Wade. Samiya allegedly wrote, “Many shameless fans targeted our daughter too and threatened to harm her. If I don't get any assurance from the higher authority of our safety, I will be moving to Haryana to my parents as a caution. I appeal to @DrSJaishankar to look into this for my safety as an Indian.”

In another tweet, Samiya allegedly 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.” She further said she is disgusted “to hear a majority of Pakistani fans think me as an Indian agent/unlucky…we are receiving threats in Dubai and our home in Pakistan.”

Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali  wife urges India EAM S Jaishankar for help after family receives death threats-dnm

However, Arzoo took to her Instagram account later where she clarified that neither she nor her husband or daughter received threats from the people of Pakistan. She termed as absurd the tweets, which she claimed were from an impostor Twitter account.

Recently, Indian bowler Mohammad Shami, who conceded 17 runs in the 17th over of the match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021 tournament, had to face hateful messages and threats on social media. Although Virat Kohli played well in the match against Pakistan, he did not do well in the match against New Zealand and his 10-months-old daughter was threatened with rape.

Such instances have repeatedly taken place and social media trolling is nothing new. In 2017, In response to a Pakistani woman's visa request on Twitter, then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured her that she would be granted a visa, despite tensions between the two countries.

Sidra Rafique from Rawalpindi had first approached Ms Swaraj in August informing her that she was about to get married to an Indian national and had already applied for a visa. She asked for her help and added that “she understands that visa procedure takes time”. Swaraj promptly replied that India never refuses visa to its daughters and daughters-in-law.

 

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