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Posted on Jan 29, 10:53AM | IBNS
Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik on Monday urged the Indian government to provide security to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Reacting to an account by the actor for a magazine on being a Muslim in a post 9/11 world, Malik said: "He (Khan) is born Indian and he would like to remain Indian, but I will request the government of India to please provide him security."
Speaking to mediapersons at a reception organised by high commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to mark India's Republic Day, Malik said: "I would like to request all Indian brothers and sisters who are all talking against Shah Rukh that they should know he is a movie star, he is loved as a star by the people of Pakistan and he is loved by the people of India, then why to create some kind of hate, let's bring love."
"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 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 my home and return to what they refer to as my original homeland," Khan wrote.