Family of young Afghan Messi fan flee to Pakistan

Family of young Afghan Messi fan flee to Pakistan

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– Family of young Afghan Messi fan flee to Pakistan

–  An Afghan family identified as one with boy with plastic Messi jersey has been reported to have fled Afghanistan to Pakistan due to threat.

–  The family had received threats in Afghanistan on the claim that the lad’s father, Muhammad Arif Ahmadi has taken to teaching his son about football and not Quran

 

FAMILY OF YOUNG AFGHAN MESSI FAN FLEE TO PAKISTAN
Murtaza, Messi’s Afghan fan

Family of young Afghan Messi fan flee to Pakistan

According to CNN, the family of a young Afghan boy, who have earned continental recognition after being photographed wearing an improvised Lionel Messi soccer jersey fashioned from a plastic bag, has fled to Pakistan after receiving threats.

The father of the young Afghan boy, Muhammad Arif Ahmadi has reported to journalists that they had to embark on the force move because of a death threat they have received from home country Afghanistan.

Family of young Afghan Messi fan flee to Pakistan

According to reports, the family is safe and now living in Quetta and has submitted a request with the United Nations seeking refuge in Pakistan.

“I received 20-30 unknown threatening calls in Afghanistan asking why I’m teaching my kid about football and not teaching him about the Quran,” Muhammad Arif Ahmadi told journalists.

The family decided to flee to Pakistan 40 days ago for their safety, he said.

“I thought, ‘I’m not safe here.’ That’s when I decided to come to Pakistan,” Ahmadi said. “Afghanistan cannot protect itself, so how can it protect me and my kids?”

FAMILY OF YOUNG AFGHAN MESSI FAN FLEE TO PAKISTAN
Muhammad Arif Ahmadi, father of the Afghan boy.

Murtaza Ahmadi became an Internet sensation in mid-January after a fan account for Messi, the Argentine soccer star, tweeted an image of him wearing a plastic “Messi” bag.

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The photo showed him only from the back — a small boy with a buzz cut, wearing a brown sweater under his “jersey” — with a message that read: “A kid in Iraq …” It included an emoji of a breaking heart.

Family of young Afghan Messi fan flee to Pakistan

The Iraq reference has later turned out to be untrue. But the attention helped Internet sleuths locate Murtaza, 5, and his family, living in a poor village in Jaghori, Afghanistan.

Muhammad Arif Ahmadi said in February that Murtaza pleaded tearfully for days for a Messi jersey before his older brother made one for him with Messi’s name and number scrawled in blue ink on the striped bag.