New Delhi: A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan jumped into the ongoing controversy over Naseeruddin Shah’s recent remarks, the Bollywood actor adviced the former to take care of his own country and stay away from “issues that don’t concern him”.
Reacting sharply to Khan’s statement on Indian government, Shah, while speaking to a leading portal said,”I think he (Imran 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.”
Earlier on Saturday, while addressing an event to highlight the 100-day achievements of the Punjab government in Lahore, Khan had said,”We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens.”
Notably, the acclaimed Bollwood actor Naseeruddin Shah is facing criticism for his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in India following the killing of a policeman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district earlier this month.
Recently, a video was released in which Shah had said that the djinn of intolerance was now out and there was no way of putting it back in the bottle. He said the poison is all-pervasive and now everyone has the freedom to go right ahead and do as they please.
In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran actor said the death of a cow was being given importance over the 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.