NEW DELHI: In a latest row between the two arch-rivals today, Indian Home minister has responded strongly to Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s demand for security for actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Indian Home Secretary RK Singh has asked Rehman Malik to worry about the security of Pakistan’s citizens and said that India is fully capable of looking after its citizens.
“We are capable of looking after our own citizen, let him worry about the security of his country’s citizen,” RK Singh said.
The war of words started after Shah Rukh Khan wrote a first-person account of what it means to be a Muslim post the 9/11 world.
Rehman Malik demanded that India provides security to actor Shah Rukh 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 has 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.