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
pakistan, Salman Khan, fawad khan, Pakistan artists, Abu Azmi, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party leader, india news, indian express Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi (Source: File/Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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.


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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  1. H
    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?
          1. M
            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
              1. B
                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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