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BJP asks government to react strongly against Malik's remark on Shah Rukh

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:30 hrs

Reacting strongly against Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's remark on Shah Rukh Khan, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday asked the Indian Government to register a strong protest by calling the High Commissioner Salman Bashir, and advised Malik to first look after the condition of Pakistani Muslims.

Malik created another controversy when he requested the Indian Government to provide security to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Hussain told ANI: "The Indian Government should register a strong protest by calling the High Commissioner. Rehman Malik should apologise as his statement on Shah Rukh is like meddling in India' internal affairs.

"He (Malik) should first see the condition of Muslims inside Pakistan. India is best country for Muslims and the Government of India provides adequate security to every citizen of the country."

Former Member of Parliament Shahid Siddiqui said that Malik has misunderstood Shah Rukh Khan's article in Outlook magazine in which he has appreciated the rich and diverse culture of India.

"Shah Rukh's father was a great follower of Mahatma Gandhi and migrated to the country. His family didn't come to India forcefully and his father was a freedom fighter. I have great respect for the film star, as he is an honest human being. Shah Rukh doesn't needs any security because whole India is with him and everybody will take care that nothing happens to him," Siddiqui said.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik created another controversy when he requested the Indian Government to provide security to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Talking to reporters at a reception organized by Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to mark Republic Day, Malik 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 Shah Rukh, they should know he is a movie star.

"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."

The Interior Minister said it is in the interest of both the countries, India and Pakistan that the peace process should be continued and all the issues should be resolved through negotiations.

Malik said dialogue process is the only way forward to improve the bilateral relations of Pakistan and India.

He also hoped that the visa agreement signed between the two countries would be implemented in letter and spirit. (ANI)



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