Lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar had recently turned down the invite to a literature conference event in Pakistan, organised by Karachi Art Council after the terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Kashmir's Pulwama district. Javed Akhtar had said, ''Karachi art council had invited. Shabana and me for a two day lit conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have cancelled that. In 1965 during the indo Pak war Kaifi saheb had written a poem. Aur Phir Krishan Ne Arjun Se Kaha.''
Now, in a recent interview with IANS, the veteran screenwriter said that he does not understand the agenda of Pakistan to sponsor terrorist activities in India. "I don't understand what is their (Pakistan) agenda and what will they get out of it by constantly sponsoring terrorism. It's an open truth that they support terrorist organisations but they are constantly denying it," Akhtar said.
"Masood Azhar (the founder and leader of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed) was released from Indian prison when they (Jaish-e-Mohammed) hijacked an Indian aircraft and then, how he reached Pakistan from Kandahar (Afghanistan)... And why is Pakistan not arresting him if they have an honest establishment over there," he questioned.
The comment comes in the wake of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. He further said, ''I feel this situation is actually being forced upon us (India). It was not our choice but if things go beyond your control, then till when and how many times, should we be quiet about this? So, we have to react to it some day or the other.''"I think repercussions of the current developments are really dangerous and banning Pakistani actors and artistes are minor things but whatever is happening on our borders should be stopped. We should ban terrorism. It's an unfortunate thing," he added.