December 6, 2008 10:17:16 am
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has launched a scathing attack on Islamic clerics who preach terrorism, accusing them of distorting the Quran and said these forces must be ‘shunned and isolated’.
“Jihad was supposed to be propagated by the Prophet himself. But unfortunately, now two versions of Islam exist. There is an Islam from Allah and very unfortunately, there is an Islam from the Mullahs,” Khan told a TV channel in an interview.
Appealing for providing youngsters with the ‘right reading’ of the Quran, the 43-year-old superstar said political parties should not be allowed to pursue communal agenda and there should be a law which will not allow any party to ‘misread’ any of the holy books.
“I think for hardliners, both of Hindus and Muslims, there should be a law against them that no party’s agenda can be communal. There should be a hardliner treatment for the hardliners,” he said.
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Khan, who is a favourite in Pakistan, did not favour bombing Pakistan to flush out terrorists holed up there responsible for terror attacks in the country. “No, absolutely not. This is a passionate reaction,” he said.
When asked whether he fancied himself in a public role, he said, “I am not scared. But I am not selfless enough to be a politician. I wish five years down the line, I could do something for this country.”
Khan was of the view that there could be some ‘positive’ outcomes to the tragedy.
“I think for the first time, we all have come to realise that unity has got strengthened. That is the biggest positive outcome. They have now given us the biggest weapon against them,” he added.
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