Targeting the remarks of veteran bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah, Shiv Sena said Shah can seek his answers from those who have been victims of terrorist activities carried out from the soil of the neighbouring country. The far-right regional political party attacks the actor after he expressed regret over the strained relations between India and Pakistan.
The 65-year-old, in an interview to an entertainment website, had reportedly expressed regret on the animosity between both the countries and had said that Indians were being brain-washed to believe that Pakistan is an enemy. Shah had also reportedly said that he keeps visiting Pakistan because he feels “it is very important to have a person-to-person contact”.
Responding to the remark, in its mouthpiece, Saamana, the Sena said, “The answer to his (Shah’s) question on why is there so much hatred for Pakistan can be given by those who lost their near and dear ones during the 26/11 attacks. Pakistan continues to engage in bloodshed. Not only 26/11, the Delhi Parliament attack and terrorist attacks before that too were masterminded from Pakistan.”
“What Naseeruddin Shah earned after years of hard work, he lost in an instant. We wonder if someone from Lahore has done black magic on him. He was never like this,” Shiv Sena said.
“Just a couple of days back, there was a terrorist attack at Kathua police check-post in Kashmir which killed an Indian soldier. Ask the soldier’s parents why do they have so much hatred for Pakistan,” the Sena said. Pakistan’s intentions are for everyone to see when Pakistan Ambassador Abdul Basit invited separatists for dinner to celebrate Pakistan Day in the national capital, Sena added.
Saamana editorial said, “Inspite of all this, if you say that there should be no hatred for Pakistan, should we ignore the past violence that has been committed on Indian soil and what the country is planning to do in future ?”