It has been five days since Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah expressed his concern over growing ‘intolerance’ in the country while speaking on the killing of a policeman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district on December 3. Later, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, during an event in Lahore asserted that his government will show Narendra Modi-led Indian government "how to treat minorities". Several Indian politicians and other personalities panned at Pakistan PM over his remarks, and now, former Indian all-rounder Mohammad Kaif has come forward to lash out for his comments.
He took to twitter and wrote, ‘’There were around 20% minorities at the time of Partition in Pakistan, less than 2% remain now. On the other hand, minority population has grown significantly in India since Independence. Pakistan is the last country that should be lecturing any country on how to treat minorities’’.
Earlier, actor Naseeruddin told Sunday Express, “I think Mr Khan should be walking the talk in his own country instead of commenting on issues that don’t concern him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to look after ourselves’’.
This all started when the veteran actor during a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India said the death of a cow was being given importance over killing of a policeman in India. He said the "poison has already spread" and it will be now difficult to contain it. "It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands...I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, 'Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?' they will have no answer. It worries me that I don't see the situation improving anytime soon’’, Shah added.
Even, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi attacked Pakistan prime Minister for his comments. He said, ‘’According to the Pakistani Constitution, only a Muslim is qualified to be President. India has seen multiple Presidents from oppressed communities. It's high time Khan sahab learns something from us about inclusive politics & minority rights’’.
There were around 20% minorities at the time of Partition in Pakistan,less than 2% remain now. On the other hand minority population has grown significantly in India since Independence. Pakistan is the last country that should be lecturing any country on how to treat minorities. https://t.co/6GTr3gwyEa— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 25, 2018