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Pakistani actors are artists, not terrorists: Salman Khan

Actor Salman Khan feels Pakistani artists are not terrorists and the surgical strike on Pakistan was a reaction to an action.

bollywood Updated: Sep 30, 2016 15:57 IST
Monika Rawal
Monika Rawal
Hindustan Times
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Actor Salman Khan reacts on Uri attacks, surgical strike and banning Pakistani artists. (Shivam Saxena/HT Photo)

Actor Salman Khan is brutally honest when it comes to sharing his views on any topic. So when he was in Delhi recently, he was more than prepared to take questions on the recent Uri attacks in Kashmir, subsequent surgical attacks from India and the debate on banning Pakistani artists in Bollywood films.

Reacting on the recent surgical strike on Pakistan, Khan says, “Ideal situation would have been love and peace, but now it has happened, so obviously it was a reaction to some people’s action. In this day and age, I feel handling things with love and peace would have been better, especially for common people. But after Uri attacks, it seems (like) proper action because they were terrorists.”

Salman Khan’s NGO Being Human is ready to extend help to the families of Indian martyrs who lost their lives in Uri attacks. (IANS)

At a time when the entire nation is debating on whether Pakistani artists should be sent back to their country, Khan shares a different opinion. “They are artists. We have killed the terrorists. Artists are not terrorists. These are two different subjects. They come to our country after acquiring visa, and it’s our government who allows them with the work permit in our country.”

On IMPAA’s (Indian Motion Pictures’ Artists Association) resolution to ban all Pakistani actors and technicians till the situation is back to normal, Khan retorts, “Were any of you there when this resolution was passed? Anyway, I think I have said what I wanted to. And it’s going to be played over and over again.”

While actor Akshay Kumar came out in open and offered monetary support to the families of Indian martyrs who lost their lives in Uri attacks, Salman Khan’s NGO Being Human too is ready to extend help. “Why not! Of course we will contribute and do whatever best we can.”

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First Published: Sep 30, 2016 15:55 IST