Pakistan should worry about its own minorities, says India

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Pakistan should worry about minorities in its own country, India's Information Minister Manish Tewari and Home Secretary R.K. Singh said Monday in response to Pakistan minister Rehman Malik's statement that New Delhi should provide security to actor Shah Rukh Khan.

Both Tewari and R.K. Singh spoke in near identical terms to decry Pakistani interior minister's statement in Islamabad on the Bollywood star, who found himself in the thick of another controversy after his comments on being a Muslim led to Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed saying he could move to Pakistan.

"Instead of introspection of how minorities in India are being treated, he (Malik) should contemplate how he can improve condition of minority in his country," Tewari told reporters here.

He said it would be better for Pakistan if Malik paid attention to domestic matters of his own country rather than worry about such things.

"Test of democracy is the way you treat your minority rather than majority. The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government has strived to see every citizen in the same light and given equal right under the constitution," he said.

The home secretary spoke out too.

"We are quite capable of looking after security of our own citizens... let him (Malik) worry about security of his own," he said.

The 47-year-old actor had written in Outlook Turning Points magazine, published in association with The New York Times: "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."

"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," added the superstar of Hindi cinema.

He went on say that he became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist, "who co-incidentally carries the same name as mine that I made a film subtly titled 'My Name Is Khan' (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point".

"Ironically, I was interrogated at the airport for hours about my last name when I was going to promote the film in America for the first time," said the filmstar.

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Yahoo Cricket

Latest News

  • Man pleads not guilty in Sandra Bullock stalking case
    Man pleads not guilty in Sandra Bullock stalking case

    By Robert Mezan LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man accused of breaking into Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock's Los Angeles home entered a not guilty plea to more than two dozen charges in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday.  Joshua Corbett was charged with stalking, first-degree burglary, possession of a machine gun and possession of an assault weapon, among other things. The judge set a pre-trial hearing for June 8.     Police found an arsenal of weapons at Corbett's Montrose, California, …

  • Fox says U.S. cable customers like bundles, pay-TV strong
    Fox says U.S. cable customers like bundles, pay-TV strong

    Twenty-First Century Fox President Chase Carey said on Wednesday "a vast majority of customers want a bundle of channels" rather than to cherry pick networks, an option cable providers are increasingly offering in the face of declining subscriptions. Carey, who is also co-chief operating officer, made the remarks during a quarterly earnings call after Fox posted a 1.2 percent rise in adjusted revenue, helped by growth in its cable network business and the box office success of "Taken 3" and …

  • Zac Brown Band beats Groban to take top spot on Billboard 200
    Zac Brown Band beats Groban to take top spot on Billboard 200

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country group Zac Brown Band scored a third chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, beating singer Josh Groban to the coveted top spot. "Jekyll + Hyde," the fourth album by the Atlanta-based band, sold 214,000 albums, 115,000 songs and was streamed online 3.9 million times, totalling 228,000 units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Groban came in at No. ... …

  • Kristen Wiig on mental health, comedy and 'Ghostbusters'
    Kristen Wiig on mental health, comedy and 'Ghostbusters'

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As a prominent cast member of "Saturday Night Live" for a decade, Kristen Wiig played characters from political figures to pop stars, but in her latest film, the comedian taps into a more complex and serious side of life. In "Welcome to Me," opening in U.S. theatres and video-on-demand on Friday, Wiig plays Alice Kleig, a secluded woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and secures herself a televised talk show. Wiig talked to …

  • British TV spy series 'Spooks' gets silver screen makeover

    The agents of Britain's MI5 hit the silver screen this week in a film adaptation of popular British television spy drama "Spooks". "Spooks: The Greater Good" stars some of the original drama cast, such as Peter Firth, as well as new faces including "Game of Thrones" actor Kit Harington. The BBC series, which ran from 2002 to 2011, won many fans as well as numerous awards and Harington says the film stays true to the spirit of the spy show. "I think 'Spooks' always wanted to be a film. …

  • Tunisian Mabkhout wins 'Arab Booker' for first novel

    (Reuters) - Tunisian university administrator Shukri Mabkhout's first novel "The Italian", which its author says was inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, was named the winner on Wednesday of the eighth annual 'Arab Booker' prize for fiction. The prize is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and is funded by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. It never lets go of the reader who willingly follows its intriguing characters on their converging and diverging journeys …

  • Justice will be upheld in Salman case: Gul Panag

    New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) As Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was given interim bail on Wednesday after being sentenced to five years in jail for the 2002 hit-and-run case, actress and social activist Gul Panag said she was "confident" that the actor will further be granted bail on Friday and believes that "justice will be upheld". Salman was granted two days interim bail on medical grounds by the Bombay High Court after his defence team led by Supreme Court counsel Harish Salve mentioned the …

  • Kristin Chenoweth juggles dual roles as Tonys co-host, nominee
    Kristin Chenoweth juggles dual roles as Tonys co-host, nominee

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kristin Chenoweth, star of the Broadway musical "On the Twentieth Century," will juggle two roles during the Tony Awards as a co-host and a nervous nominee for theater's biggest honors but what she wants most is for her show to win this year. Chenoweth, 46, won a Tony in 1999 for her role in the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" but has never been in a Tony-winning show in her nearly 20-year career on Broadway. "On the Twentieth Century," a …

Loading...