Indian actor Salman Khan has come out to gie open support to Pakistani artists who come to India. Khan said, “Pakistan actors not terrorists.” He added that the Pakistani actors who come to India get a permit from the government. Salman said, “They are artists, not terrorists. It is the Indian government who gives them permits and visas.” On the recent surgical attacks by the Indian Army across LoC at PoK, Salman said, “They were terrorists, hence the action was proper.”
Today the Motion Picture Producers Association has passed a resolution to ban all Pakistani actors from working in the Indian film industry. This decision was taken in the wake of the Uri attack where 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed by terrorists, . Producer TP Aggarwal, the president of IMPPA had said, “IMPPA in their 87th annual general meeting passed (a resolution that) no Pakistani will be hired by their producer members forever.”
In Mumbai, Raj Thackeray’s MNS party had last week issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India or else they would be “pushed out”.
“If we find any Pakistani artist working here, we will beat them up,” Amey Khopkar of MNS said on Friday.
“We have a population of 1.25 billion, why do we have to import artists from Pakistan?” said Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant regarding Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood.
Shiv Sena’s Subhash Desai even responded to Salman Khan’s statements on Friday saying,”Salman Khan should consult with his father Salim Khan before making such statements.”