Pakistani minister demands security for Shahrukh Khan
By Mirwais Adeel - Tue Jan 29 2013, 11:24 am
This comes as Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan wrote a first-person account of what it means to be a Muslim post 9/11.
The actor wrote, “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighboring nation than my own country — this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave my home and return to what they refer to as my original homeland.”
Rehman Malik quoted by Indian Express said, “He (Shah Rukh) is born Indian and he would like to remain Indian, but I will request the government of India (to) please provide him security. I would like to request all Indian brothers and sisters and all those who are talking in a negative way about Shahrukh, they should know he is a movie star.”
Noting that Shah Rukh is loved by the people of Pakistan and India, Malik said: “I am sure all those who are talking against him or are trying to threaten him, they will withdraw their threat with this hope that the stars are loved, the stars provide love and they are like a symbol of unity”.
This comes as Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and founder of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed earlier had invited Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistan if he felt insecure in India.
“If Shah Rukh Khan does not feel safe in India, he can come to Pakistan. I will welcome him. I will help him with his stay here,” Saeed said in an interview with a Pakistani television channel.
“Shah Rukh will be respected in Pakistan. If he feels insecure our doors are open,” he added.
The JuD chief’s invitation comes in response to Shah Rukh Khan’s recent statements about life as a Muslim in India.