SP leader Abu Azmi backs Salman Khan, says Shiv Sena indulging in ‘theatrics’

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said if the party is really bothered about national security, territorial integrity and sovereignty, it should talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: October 1, 2016 10:40 am
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Extending support to Bollywood actor Salman Khan for his remarks on Pakistan artists, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi criticised Shiv Sena on Saturday for its ‘frivolous theatrics’, and said if the party is really bothered about national security, territorial integrity and sovereignty, it should talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I don’t think Salman Khan said anything wrong, nor are his statements harming our sentiments. I would like to say to the Shiv Sena to talk with Narendra Modi. They are the allies of the government. It is their government which has issued visas to them (the Pakistani actors). I am unable to fathom their theatrics given the fact that the bus connecting India and Pakistan is still running, both the countries ambassadors haven’t been called,” Azmi told ANI.

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Azmi further said that it is up to the government and the people to decide whether Pakistan artists remain in India or not and reminded the nation to treat guests with regard.

“It is up to the government and the people to decide whether Pakistan artists remain in India or not, but they are our guests, and our tradition doesn’t allow us to behave in this manner. We should make the Pakistanis feel hospitable. We should welcome them with open arms. When we give them a good treatment, they will go back to their country and condemn the atrocities perpetrated by them (Pakistanis) on our soil. When Pakistanis say good things about our country, it will be that country which will be embarrassed,” he said.

During a press conference Salman Khan said, “They (Pakistani actors) are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them permits and visas.”

Reacting to this, Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Industries Minister and Subhash Desai advised Salman to take lessons on national pride from his father Salim Khan.

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    Haren
    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:06 am
    They apply for Indian visa because Salman and his gang Karan Johar, mahesh Bhatt sign the contract with them, govt. does not give visa out of bloom.
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      Rakesh Pandit
      Oct 1, 2016 at 6:10 am
      Wah man, wah abumiya, truly spoken like a muslim. Your muslim brother hood comes first,, your country later.... Abu, man, take advise. Insert your middle finger in your backside and go to sleep. No doubt, you support daud ibrahim though he is anti Indian.
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        Dr M
        Oct 1, 2016 at 6:26 am
        As long as the M F N status is not withdrawn such mischievious statements will keep surfacinglt;br/gt;Can Abu vouch for reciprocal treatment to Indian artists in soil as guests,if so all those who wash to embrace s with open arms can go there and do so to their heart's content.
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          Dr M
          Oct 1, 2016 at 6:20 am
          India no more needs paid infotainers in its territory in the name or 'art without borders'.They must either get out or be made to depart, we have enough entertainers like Salman, the s will only eat into his dough.lt;br/gt;Abu says people and Govt should decide, does he not consider Shiv Sena as Govt and the people?
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            mohan
            Oct 1, 2016 at 11:19 am
            Perhaps the gentleman does not have any idea of the high status enjo by indians abroad or he is deliberately insulting them by giving wrong information.It appears that he is working as a slave in saudi arabia i.e.he has made such comments.
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              Rock G
              Oct 1, 2016 at 11:50 am
              Whoops muslims sticking together against India
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                KS KUMAR
                Oct 1, 2016 at 10:11 am
                stan need not have their High Commission in India. There are so many unpaid or secretly paid ambadors in the form of Barkha, Karan, Rajdeep, Parveen Swami, Abu Azmi, Salman, Aamir, Sharukh, Mani Shankar, Salman Khurshid, etc etc
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                  Bharat
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 7:07 am
                  Bhakts are in action ? Send stans high commissioner and called back Indian back. Terminate all bus service and trade first than can you talk about Artist. They were given work permits and sojourn, think all those bhakt living outsides India, if they treated like you are doing? You can't find place to hide. Live and let live others.
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                    Bharat
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:35 am
                    Yes sure highly qualified (?) drivning cabs Washing dishes in restaurants, selling cloths in Marketplaces need High education. Morethan 90% are doing there Jobs. Everyone want to movie out from India, can you tell why? Because peoples like you live there.
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                      RR
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 5:15 am
                      Gaddars within India have now started surfacing up. Their all nobility arises when India takes tough...not when India is insulted.lt;br/gt;इन सालों को खरे करके सबके सामने मार देनी चाहिए। इनके कारण से देश के अंदर असमंजस एयर कमज़ोरी फैलती है। सालों की जबान तब बंद थी जब हमारे जवान मारे जा रहे थे, जब पत्थरबाज़ी चल रही थी , तब इन् एक्टर्स से उसकी निंदा नहीं हुए। और देखिये इन् हरामजादों को जो अब उन्ही की पैरवी करने आगे आ रहे हैं। ताज़्ज़ुब है हमारी जनता पे जो इन कुत्तों की फिल्में देखते हैं जिनकी बातें सुनते हैं। हमारे अंदर एक तबका है जो कुछ दिन में एक हो जायेगा और सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक और पाकिस्तान पे अटैक का विरोध करेगा कुछ से कुछ चारित्रिक बातों के आर में। गद्दारों का हुजूम,,जिन्हें ज़रूर ख़त्म करना चाहिए। पाकिस्तान से अब कोई भी यारी मंज़ूर नहीं हो सकती।
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                        sai ansh
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 7:17 am
                        India gave PAK most-favoured nation status 20 years ago....stan yet to reciprocate.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yet, substantial number of India-baiters shamelessly root for a country whose chief export is Jehadi terror...churned out 24/7 from Jehadi factories in PAK - the epicenter of global terrorism.
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                          sai ansh
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 7:14 am
                          With thousands of unemplo artists in the country what is the need for allowing them here? And that too from a country sworn to bleed India to death "by a thousand cuts"?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Do Indians abroad have the same enmity and hatred to the countries they live in like the stanis?
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                            sai ansh
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 7:14 am
                            You really are a moron...dians go abroad coz' there is a shortage of expertise in those countries who host them. With thousands of unemplo artists in the country what is the need for allowing them here? And that too from a country sworn to bleed India to death "by a thousand cuts"? Do Indians abroad have the same enmity and hatred to the countries they live in like the stanis?
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                              shinde shamrao
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 5:08 am
                              salman abu azami are muslim first and born indian later.time and again they have proved what we hindus persive.but they were pampered by congress successive govt for a such a long time that they have started showing their true colours without any rservation..they want that they be respected like any other community of indian origin but they will not hesitate to show their true colours when such occasion comes.that is the tragedy of all muslim,they want to be treated and respected as ordinery indian citizen but will not behave as citizens.how country will trust them,they will have to prove themselves first as trustworthy then country will trust them.take case of salman who serves ganpati but is secular muslim when muslim pak artists come to earn their
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                                Kumar
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 5:07 am
                                I do not have any issue with artistic freedom. My issue is we are asking the w world to socially and commercially boycott stan for its support to terrorism, but we are still discussing pros and cons of providing stani artists an open market, where they can earn millions, forgetting that these artists that they are here only to earn and not to be a part of us.
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                                  vish
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 11:56 am
                                  Abu azmis record shows that he has always backed terrorists and pla religion based politics .Top anti national has no place in India.
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                                    Raj V
                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:46 am
                                    Salman needs to mind his business. He is not aplotical eny.
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                                      ЖЖЖ
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 6:29 am
                                      This chap is a snake i the aasteen of India, send him on a one way ticket to Rawalpindi
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