Cops review SRK's security as India, Pak spar over issue

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:11 hrs

Mumbai: Mumbai Police sources have indicated to CNN-IBN that Shah Rukh Khan's security has been reviewed and that his security will remain intact. Earlier there were reports that the actor's security had been stripped just as a recent review had concluded that he no longer faced any threat.

Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary R.K Singh gave a stern message to Pakistan saying that India is quite capable of providing security to its own citizens. His comments were in response to Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik's suggestion to India that the government should provide security to Shah Rukh Khan.

Till about two weeks ago, the Mumbai police's Protection and Security Branch had deployed eight constables to guard the superstar in two shifts. The police cover was necessitated in 2008 after the 'Indian Mujahideen' had sent a threatening e-mail.

India and Pakistan began sparring over SRK after the actor wrote a first-person account of what it means to be a Muslim post the 9/11 world.

Shahrukh, in his essay for the special edition of Outlook Turning Points publication, said that he sometimes becomes the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make him a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. He further said that rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted him to leave and return to his "original homeland".

Shahrukh said that despite being an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India, there have been occasions when he has been accused of bearing allegiance to the neighbouring nation rather than his own country.

On Monday at a reception organized by Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to mark India's Republic Day, Rehman Malik told reporters Shah Rukh was born Indian and he would like to remain the same.

He said the people of both Pakistan and India love Shah Rukh, reported Geo TV.

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."

Malik further said that extremism is growing around the world. "Let's get together and fight against this extremism and terrorism because we are working for betterment and peace in Pakistan and India," he added.

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.

Despite "minor" issues like the tensions along the Line of Control, Malik said he was "sure the composite dialogue will continue in the same manner and all the agreements we have signed will be respected".

He asked the Indian government to begin implementing a scheme to issue visa on arrival to Pakistani senior citizens, saying he had directed Pakistani officials to grant such visas to Indian senior citizens.

Officials have said the scheme, which was to start from January 15, was put on hold as the Pakistani side was seeking many documents from Indian senior citizens.

In contrast, the officials said, the Indian side had prepared simplified procedures for Pakistani applicants.

India to Pak: We can take care of our citizens

Meanwhile, responding to Malik's comments, Union Home Secretary R.K Singh gave a stern message to Pakistan saying that India is quite capable of providing security to its own citizens.

Singh further asked Malik to look after the security of Pakistani citizens and not to worry about Shah Rukh Khan.

"We are capable of looking at the security of our own citizens. Let him (Rehman Malik) worry about his own," Singh told ANI.

Hafiz Saeed welcomes SRK to stay in Pakistan

Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed had said earlier that the superstar could move to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India.

The JuD chief had even offered to help him with his stay in the country, adding that Shahrukh will be respected in Pakistan, reported The Express Tribune.

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