Naseeruddin Shah advises PM Imran Khan to ‘take care of his own country’
It all started with the recent mob violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh where a policeman was killed on December 3. Thespian Naseeruddin Shah commented on the violence saying that the death of a cow is being given more importance than the killing of a policeman. He said, “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.”
Naseeruddin’s remark created a stir in the country. Many political parties questioned him on the statement and some even called him a traitor. Clearing his statement, the actor even said that he was expressing his concern as a worried Indian.
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Naseeruddin Shah: What I said earlier was as a worried Indian. What did I say this time that I am being termed as a traitor? I am expressing concerns about the country I love, the country that is my home. How is that a crime? pic.twitter.com/XcQOwmzJSh
— ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2018
Referring to Naseer’s remark on the mob violence, President of Pakistan, Imran Khan said at an event in Lahore, “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.”
But Shah didn’t let Imran Khan take advantage of the situation. Reacting to Mr. Khan, Naseeruddin saab said in a statement to Indian Express, “I think Mr 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.”