Congress asks Rehman Malik to look after security of Pak Muslims first
New Delhi, Jan 29: Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi on Tuesday asked Interior Minister Rehman Malik to first look after security and safety of Pakistani Muslims who are targeted by terrorists almost on a daily basis and not to worry about protection of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
Malik created another controversy when he requested the Indian Government to provide security to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
Alvi told ANI: "Pakistan Interior Minister Malik's statement should be condemned strongly. He should not meddle in India's internal matters. The Interior Minister should first look after safety and security of the people of Pakistan. Pakistan is not able to protect its own countrymen
"People have made Shah Rukh Khan what he is today. In this country constitution gives equal right to Muslims. Pakistan has no right to ask for safety of Shah Rukh."
Reacting strongly against Malik's remark on Shah Rukh Khan, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday asked the Indian Government to register a strong protest by calling the High Commissioner Salman Bashir, and advised Malik to first look after the condition of Pakistani Muslims.
Hussain told ANI: "The Indian Government should register a strong protest by calling the High Commissioner. Rehman Malik should apologise as his statement on Shah Rukh is like meddling in India' internal affairs.
"He (Malik) should first see the condition of Muslims inside Pakistan. India is best country for Muslims and the Government of India provides adequate security to every citizen of the country."
Former Member of Parliament Shahid Siddiqui also said that Malik has misunderstood Shah Rukh Khan's article in Outlook magazine in which he has appreciated the rich and diverse culture of India.
"Shah Rukh's father was a great follower of Mahatma Gandhi and migrated to the country. His family didn't come to India forcefully and his father was a freedom fighter. I have great respect for the film star, as he is an honest human being. Shah Rukh doesn't needs any security because whole India is with him and everybody will take care that nothing happens to him," Siddiqui said.