No sooner did Salman Khan remarked about the animosity growing for Pakistani actors, that he was in turn attacked for it. Speaking at an event in Delhi on Friday, Khan said, “They are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.”
The abovementioned statement received a backlash from the Shiv Sena, who said that if Salman Khan likes Pakistani actors so much, then he should migrate to Pakistan.
Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande in a conversation with ANI, said, “Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson. If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there.”
In the wake of Uri attacks, Mumbai-based Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) on Friday passed a resolution to ban Pakistani actors from the industry. Producer Ashoke Pandit, a member of the IMPPA, said, “IMPPA paid homage to the martyrs who were killed in Uri. It therefore felt its responsibility towards the nation and passed a resolution banning Pakistani Actors & technicians in India till normalcy returns. For IMPPA, nation comes first.” Eighteen Army personnel were killed in the Uri attack.
Last week, Raj Thackeray-led MNS issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”.