- The chief of a prominent charity in Pakistan, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has advised Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan to move to Pakistan if he feels “insecure in India”, The Express Tribune reported.
“Shahrukh will be welcome here,” Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) said during an interview on Pakistani news channel Express News’ programme ‘Takrar’on January 26 (Saturday).
Saeed’s invitation was in response to Shahrukh’s recent statements in an interview with Outlook Turning Points magazine about life as a Muslim in India.
I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India,” Shahrukh said.
Ironically, India blames the JuD chief for masterminding the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008, which claimed 160 lives.
During the interview to the magazine, the Bollywood megastar had further said: “There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland.”
SRK is married to Gauri, a Hindu, and has two children.
“I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-India and pan-religious) ones – Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it,” he added.