Finally, Pakistani Actor Fahad Khan Clears his Stand
Bollywood's Pakistani actor Fawad Khan finally breaks his silence and made his first public statement on Friday after being dragged into the controversy, following the tragic Uri terror attack last month, that escalated the tension between the India and Pakistan.
In a Facebook posting, the actor said that he had received a numerous request from media and well-wishers across the globe asking him for his thought on the sad incident that took place a few weeks back. The actor appealed for a more peaceful world.
Reacting to reports that he was forced to leave India due to protests against Pakistani artistes and subsequent demands for a ban on them, the 34-year actor nullified it and said that he had been in Lahore as his wife was expecting their second child.
The actor also cleared his stand on the false reports attributed to him and thanked people of India and all over the world who had shown continued support.
Critics have attacked the actor for not speaking up against the attack on 18 September in Kashmir's Uri by Pakistani terrorists, where 19 Indian soldiers were brutally killed.
Even Mumbai-based Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution banning the Pakistani actors from the industry following the Uri attack. Taking the cue even Pakistani film distributor also decided to stop releasing Indian films in the country.
Fahad Khan is a heartthrob in Pakistan, he found popularity in India after his shows "Humsafar" and "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" were aired. Slow and steadily he found his footing in Bollywood while starring in films like "Kapoor & Sons" and "Khoobsurat".
Now his next film, in Karan Johar's "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", due to be released during Diwali, is at the receiving end. The release of "Aye Dil Hai Mushkil" could run into difficulty due to Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that banned the Pakistani actors working in India
Importantly, popular Pakistani musicians like Salman Ahmad and Shafqat Amanat Ali had condemned the Uri attack. They expressed hope that things would return to normal between the countries .