'Look After Your Own Country': Naseeruddin Shah Slams Pak PM Imran Khan

| December 23 , 2018 , 17:28 IST

A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made a statement that he would show the Modi government how to treat minorities Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah responded saying that he shouldn’t be commenting on issues that don’t concern him.

"I think Mr. Khan should be walking the talk in his own country instead of commenting on issues that don’t concern him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to look after ourselves," Naseeruddin  Shah told the newspaper Sunday Express.

Yesterday Imran Khan attacked PM Modi and the NDA government expressing angst at violence against minorities over cow vigilantism.

"I read what Naseeruddin Shah had to say about the current situation of India, what he is saying now, Jinnah said the same all those years ago," Khan said yesterday.

Imran Khan’s statement had come after the veteran Bollywood actor had expressed concern over mob violence in India following the killing of a policeman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr earlier this month.

In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, Naseeruddin Shah had said that the death of a cow was being given importance over the killing of a policeman in India. He said the “poison has already spread” and it will now be difficult to contain it.

“It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands...I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Shah added.

Shah later defended his remarks and said he had made them as a concerned Indian citizen.

On December 3, inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a student, Sumit Kumar, were killed in mob violence in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh that was triggered after the slaughter of cows.