Politics

Pakistani Artists Are Just Artists and Not Terrorists: Salman Khan

Salman Khan. Credit: PTI

Salman Khan. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Salman Khan says artists from Pakistan should not be treated like terrorists and that art and terrorism should not be mixed.

His comments are in response to the The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association resolution, passed yesterday, which banned Pakistani actors from the Indian film industry in the wake of the militant attack on Uri.

The resolution came after the Indian army announced that it had conducted surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads by crossing the LoC and going into Pakistani territory.
“Pakistani artists are just artists and not terrorists. Terrorism and art are two different subjects,” Khan said, when asked about his take on actors from Pakistan being banned from Bollywood.

Referring to the surgical strikes, Khan said that the Indian army’s actions were appropriate since the operation was against terrorism, but that he would prefer to have peace and harmony.

“Ideal situation should have been that of peace. But, now a reaction to an action has happened. It was a proper action as they were terrorists. But still in this day and age, I think if we lived in peace and harmony it would have been better for everyone and especially for common people,” he said while speaking at the launch of his jewellery range for Being Human.

Last week, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artists and actors including Fawad Khan, who is part of one of the productions under Salman’s banner and Ali Zafar to leave India by September 25 or else they will be “pushed out”.

Recently concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam, scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon respectively, were also cancelled.