Shah Rukh Khan security: India reacts angrily, tells Pak's Rehman Malik to save its own Muslims

Rehman Malik
Union Home Secretary R.K Singh on Tuesday gave a stern message to Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, saying that India is quite capable of providing security to its own citizens.

Malik had created yet another controversy when he requested the Indian government to provide security to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Singh further asked Malik to look after the security of Pakistani citizens and not to worry about Shah Rukh Khan.

"We are capable of looking after the security of our own citizens. Let him (Rehman Malik) worry about his own," Singh said.

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.

Alvi said: "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 of India have made Shah Rukh Khan what he is today. In this country Constitution gives equal rights 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 added: "Rehman Malik should apologise as his statement on Shah Rukh is like meddling in India's 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 what Shah Rukh Khan meant to says. In fact SRK had appreciated the rich and diverse culture of India.

"Shah Rukh's father was a great follower of Mahatma Gandhi and migrated to this country. His family didn't come to India due to any force exerted on it - 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 the whole of India is with him and everybody will take care that nothing happens to him," Siddiqui said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday took potshots at Pakistan''s Interior Minister Rehman Malik over his statement that the Indian Government should provide security to actor Shah Rukh Khan, saying it would be better if the former bothers about the internal situation in his country and introspects about the treatment of minorities there.

Tewari said ''the test of a democracy is not how you treat your majority, the test of a democracy is how do you treat your minority''.

"And the UPA Government under the Indian Constitution has endeavoured to treat each citizen and each individual with the same respect, the same equanimity, which the Constitution entitles him to," said Tewari.

"In so far as the Interior Minister of Pakistan is concerned, he would be better served by bothering about the internal situation in Pakistan and really introspecting about the treatment of minorities in Pakistan and see as to what they can do as a state to improve the condition and plight of their own minority," he added.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy terms Pak demand for Shah Rukh's security as unacceptable

New Delhi: BJP today termed as "uncalled for and unacceptable" Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's demand for actor Shah Rukh Khan's security, saying Islamabad should be more concerned about the minorities living in that country.

"The statement of Pakistan Interior Minister offering advice to India is uncalled for and unacceptable. A statement coming from the Interior Minister of a failed state which had the distinction of harbouring world's most notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden in its backyard is laughable," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.

"It is high time that Shah Rukh Khan gives a befitting reply to terrorists like Hafiz Saeed who are not only a threat to India but the entire world," Rudy said.

He alleged that such comments from across the border have started after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement about Hindu terror. "Regrettably all this started after the recent statement of Shinde against the majority secular Hindus of our country. The remarks gave space to terror elements to make statements about India," Rudy said.

India capable of protecting its citizens: Sena

Mumbai: Sharply reacting to Rehman Malik's statement that the Indian government should provide security to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the Shiv Sena today said that India was "capable" of protecting its citizens and is not "answerable" to Pakistan.

"They (Pakistan) should not meddle in our internal affairs. The Government in India is capable of protecting its citizens. Our government is not answerable to Pakistan. Pakistan should instead protect the Hindu minority in their country," Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

Raut said the government in the neighbouring country should protect temples, which are being demolished by militant groups there.

"Also, there is a serious law and order problem in Pakistan. There is anarchy over there. Pakistan is running terrorist organisations," he alleged.

Raut said that were expecting a response in the same tone from the Home Minister (Sushilkumar Shinde) too.

"But going by the statements which he makes, it seems that he is the Home Minister of that (Pak) country," he said.

The Pakistan Interior Minister made the controversial remarks yesterday while interacting with reporters at a reception organised by High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to mark India's Republic Day. He was responding to questions about a first-person account penned by Shahrukh in a magazine, in which the star focused on his experiences as a Muslim in the post-9/11 world.

On whether the 47-year-old actor courted controversy with his comments, Raut simply said, "he may have."

"More than Shah Rukh, South star Kamal Hassan needs security at this moment, as he is receiving threats for his new film," the Sena leader added.

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