Indian nationalist party slams Salman Khan for supporting Pakistan artistes
Indian film actor Salman Khan had defended Pakistan artistes' right to stay in the country as they had a legal permit to do so. Photograph: (AFP)
Indian film actor Salman Khan's comment that Pakistan artistes should not be treated like terrorists has invited a sharp reaction from nationalist political party Shiv Sena.
Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai said Khan was entitled to his opinion and that anti-Pakistan feelings could only be understood by "patriotic people".
"This maybe Salman Khan's matter, but the stand of Shiv Sena is clear that the country which has taken up enmity with us, killed innocent people and infiltrated borders at several areas, we do not think it's appropriate to maintain relations with any artists or players from that nation. These are feelings of the nation and only patriotic people can understand them," Desai said.
"It may be his personal opinion, but we don't agree with it and we should not maintain any kind of relation with Pakistan, which is also the stand of the Shiv Sena," he further said.
Shiv Sena had ordered Pakistan artists to leave India following the September 18 attack on an Indian Army base in Uri, Kashmir, by four armed men who New Delhi believe were supported by Islamabad.
But when Salman Khan was asked about his opinion about Sena's ultimatum, he said, "Pakistani artists are just artists and not terrorists. Terrorism and art are two different subjects. They come with proper visa and the government gives them a work permit."