In what could cause more insecurity among Pakistani artistes working in India, BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som from Uttar Pradesh said on Monday that the artistes should be beaten with shoes and forced out of India for not condemning the Uri terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers.
Som said this just a couple of days after a unit of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatened Pakistani artistes working in India to leave the country within two days or face the consequences.
"There are quite a few artistes who are earning crores here. No one cares about them in Pakistan. They come to Bollywood, earn in crores and then they do 'gaddari' (betrayal) with India," Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted the MLA sa saying. "They should have given Pakistan a message that we eat and earn here (in India) so such incidents (of terrorism) should not happen here."
"Such people should be beaten with shoes and forced out of this country at any cost. Even an animal who eats at some person's house shows loyalty. Pakistanis eat from India and then back stab us. Only a 'deshbhakt' (patriot) should stay in India. An answer should be given to them and entire Pakistan. Don't worry, the Indian army will give them a reply," Som added.
The MNS had earlier said that it wouldn't allow the release of "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" (ADHM), starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, and "Raees" starring Shah Rukh Khan and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan. It warned on Friday that the Pakistani artistes must leave India within 48-hour deadline or they would be forced to go back.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Karan Johar has said boycotting Pakistani artistes won't solve terrorism, and former Justice Markandey Katju described those who issued threats to Pakistani artistes to leave India as "shameless rascals who have disgraced the nation" on his Facebook page.