New Delhi: A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he would show the Narendra Modi government “how to treat minorities”, Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah responded saying that he shouldn’t be commenting on issues that don’t concern him.
“Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens,” Khan said at an event in Lahore, PTI reported. He said his government is taking steps to ensure that religious minorities in Pakistan get their rights. Khan said denial of justice to the weak leads to uprising, and cited the creation of Bangladesh as an example. Khan said Shah’s remark was reminiscent of the fears that Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had about how Muslims would be treated in a united India after Independence.
In response, Shah reportedly said, “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.”
Shah found himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in India. He made the statement after the killing of a policeman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district earlier this month.
In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran actor had said the death of a cow was being given importance over the killing of a policeman in India. He had said the “poison has already spread” and will be now difficult to contain it.
“It will be very difficult to capture this jinn 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 had said.