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Malik on SRK: Indian reacts sharply

Posted on Jan 29, 02:08PM | IBNS

Reacting to Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's remarks on security of Shah Rukh Khan in India, union home secretary RK Singh on Tuesday said the country is capable of protecting its citizens and the Pakistani minister should be worried about his own people.

"We are quite capable of looking after our own citizen. Let him worry about the security of his own," said Singh in a sharp reaction to the comments of Malik earlier.

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."

SRK earlier wrote in the special edition of Outlook Turning Points publication" "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.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-ud-Dawa founder Hafiz Saeed, who is a key accused in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, has said Shah Rukh Khan can shift to Pakistan if he felt unsafe in India.