Shah Rukh row: India tells Pak worry about own citizens

Another BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "Pakistan has a bad record as far as minorities are concerned. There is no country safer than India for Muslims and no better neighbours for them than Hindus." He demanded that the government call the Pakistan High Commissioner and express its displeasure.

In a statement, the Shiv Sena said that India was "capable" of protecting its citizens and was not "answerable" to Pakistan. Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut added, "More than Shah Rukh, Kamal Haasan needs security at this moment, as he is receiving threats for his new film."

In Mumbai, the Bollywood superstar said it was sad that an article written by him took an "unwarranted twist" and he was forced to reiterate his patriotism. Reacting to Malik's statement, the actor said in a press conference in the city that he "would like to tell all those who are offering unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy".

"My own family and friends, are like a mini India... where all religions, professions and a few wrongs included, all are treated with tolerance and understanding and regard for each other... I stand indebted to my audience in my country and around the world. It is sad that I have to say it to prove it, in my country, which my father fought for during the Independence struggle," he added.

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