India has responded strongly to Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s demand that the India provide security for actor Shahrukh Khan.
Home Secretary RK Singh has asked Rehman Malik to worry about the security of Pakistani citizens and said that India is fully capable of looking after its own. “We are capable of looking after our own citizens, let him worry about the security of his country’s citizens,” RK Singh said.
The war of words started after Shahrukh Khan wrote a first-person account of what it means to be a Muslim post the 9/11 world. Rehman Malik demanded that India provide security to Shahrukh Khan.
“He (Shahrukh) is born Indian and he would like to remain Indian, but I will request the government of India to please provide him security and I would like to request all Indian brothers and sisters who are all talking against Shah Rukh that they should know he is a movie star, he is loved as a star by the people of Pakistan and he is loved by the people of India, then why to create some kind of hate, let’s bring love,” Malik said.
On Sunday, Jamaat-ud-Dawa founder Hafiz Saeed had also said that the actor could move to Pakistan if he didn’t feel safe in India. In his interview, Khan had mentioned that he had sometimes become 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.