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Irfan Pathan hits back after being trolled for celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan was being targeted by the internet trolls for celebrating Raksha Bandhan before he decided to hit back

cricket Updated: Aug 08, 2017 17:09 IST
HT Correspondent
Irfan Pathan didn’t hold back after being trolled for celebrating Raksha Bandhan.
Irfan Pathan didn’t hold back after being trolled for celebrating Raksha Bandhan.(Reuters)

Like several other cricketers, as well as celebrities, all that Irfan Pathan had done was to post a picture of himself celebrating Raksha Bandhan.

Unlike the last time when he posted a picture with his wife and ran into trouble with the religious internet trolls, he only posted a picture of himself showing a Rakhi.

Happy Rakhi everyone #rakshabandhan🎁🎁❤️❤️

A post shared by Irfan Pathan (@irfanpathan_official) on

But much to the anguish of the all-rounder famous for taking a hat-trick against Pakistan in the first over of the Karachi Test in February 2006, he was under attack once again.

On the picture posted across three platforms, as many as 1,670 comments were posted over the next 19 hours on Facebook, 80 on Twitter and a little over 300 on Instagram.

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A Facebook page account in the name of Zakir Khan read, “Haram Af.” (sic)

“If You live in a country where Other Relagion is established then be good with them but dont follow them,” (sic) wrote a person named SM Ulfathibne Kabir Shuvo.

Ye Islam m sahi nhi h Pathan bhai (this is not right in Islam),” wrote Wasim Raza.

A person named Jal Para wrote, “Be a Muslim bro..ur father did not tell u about Bida’t.u should know.” He added, “It’s not about humanity, I am just telling this Rakhi just does not belong to us.”

Irfan Ka to Islam se Koi Lena Dena Nahi hai,” wrote a person named Mohammad Sadre Alam.

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However, the cricketer chose Instagram to have his say, and conveyed that people should stop this ‘nonsense’. Like on every platform, his Instagram post too had several people fighting over what one should do and what not.

“Using foul language. Talking each other rudely on basis of religion. It shows nothing but ur own learning which some ppl have gathered in their mind over the years.stop this nonsense of putting each other down,” (sic) wrote Irfan.

Irfan Pathan responded after trolls targeted him for celebrating Raksha Bandhan. (Instagram screenshot)

A few weeks ago, Irfan was attacked by internet trolls after he posted a picture with his wife — a former model — who was wearing a burqa but had her hands exposed with fingers sporting nail polish.