NEW DELHI: Citing veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah to describe “intolerance against Muslims in India”, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday asserted that he will show the Modi government “how to treat minorities”
He was speaking at an event highlighting the 100-day achievements of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led Punjab government in Lahore.
“We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens,” said the cricketer-turned-politician as he referred to Naseeruddin Shah’s statement.
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The Pakistan PM also asserted that Quaid-e-Azam (country’s founder) Mohammad Ali Jinnah laid emphasis on granting equal rights to minorities and his government is taking steps to ensure that religious minorities in Pakistan get their due rights
Earlier this week, the 68-year-old Bollywood actor found himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks about the killing of a policeman in Bulandshahr.
The controversy started after a video emerged on social media in which Shah can be heard saying “the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer.”
He also asserted that living in this country, he worries for his children, “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.”
Clarifying his remarks a day after, Shah explained that he was merely expressing his concerns as a countryman. “I have done no wrong in expressing my concerns about the country which I love and where I live,” he explained.
With agency inputs