Islamabad: The Indian government must provide security to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, said Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
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.
Shah Rukh was born Indian and he would like to remain the same, Malik told reporters on Monday at a reception organized by Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to mark India's Republic Day.
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.
Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has said that Khan can move to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India.
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.