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‘Look after your own country,’ Naseeruddin Shah to Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Actor Naseeruddin Shah On Sunday Responded To Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Remarks And Asked Him To Stay Away From Issues That Don’t Concern Him

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 23 Dec 2018, 01:24:35 PM
Naseeruddin Shah said India has been a democracy for 70 years and knows how to look after herself (Photo: File)

New Delhi:

Actor Naseeruddin Shah on Sunday responded to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks and asked him to stay away from “issues that don’t concern him”. Naseeruddin Shah said India has been a democracy for 70 years and knows how to look after herself. Earlier, Imran Khan, while addressing an event to highlight the 100-day achievements of his government in Lahore on Saturday, had asserted that his government is taking steps to ensure that religious minorities in the country get their due rights. Imran Khan said that was also a vision of the country's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He had said that his government will ensure that the minorities feel safe, protected and have equal rights in 'New Pakistan'.

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“I think Mr Khan should be walking the talk in his own country instead of commenting on issues that don’t concern him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to look after ourselves,” Naseeruddin Shah told the Sunday Express.

In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran actor said the death of a cow was being given importance over killing of a policeman in India. He said the "poison has already spread" and it will be now difficult to contain it."It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands...I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, 'Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?' they will have no answer. It worries me that I don't see the situation improving anytime soon," Shah added.

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Soon after his remark, it took now time Shah turned from one of the most respected actors of the Hindi film industry into many things - a “traitor”, a “Pakistani agent”.  The President of Uttar Pradesh's Nav Nirman Sena, Amit Jani, booked him a one-way ticket to Pakistan dated for August 14, 2019. Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14. BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh said that Naseeruddin Shah is growing into a Pakistan agent. "Naseeruddin Shah is a good artist. In one of his movies, he played the role of a Pakistani agent. I think he is growing into that character now," Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendranath Pandey said.

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First Published : 23 Dec 2018, 01:24:28 PM

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