New Delhi: Actor Salman Khan has spoken in favour of talks with Pakistan at a time of tension in ties over increased militancy in Kashmir, saying those who order wars should be sent to the border to end the warmongering.
“Those who order wars should be sent to the forefront and be told that you fight first. Their hands and feet will tremble. The war will be over in a day. Then they will sit across the table and talk,” Salman Khan said at a press conference to promote his new film Tubelight.
Khan went on to say that sufferings from war don’t affect just one nation. “Whenever there is war, people die on both sides of the border,” he said.
Salman, who was joined by his brother Sohail at the press conference, said dialogue and peace was the only way forward for both India and Pakistan.
Immediately after Khan’s press conference, the Shiv Sena hit out against him saying the star Bollywood actor had “crossed his boundaries”.
“The way he has said this is really objectionable. Who doesn’t want peace. Why does he always cross his boundaries,” Sena MP Arvind Sawant said.
Senior Congress leader Sanjay Jha told CNN-News18 that Salman Khan’s statement batting for peace between India and Pakistan was a “sane, sensitive and mature one”.
NCP spokesperson dismissed Khan’s remarks saying it was merely a publicity stunt by the actor ahead of the release of his film which was set against the India-China war.
Salman’s father and scriptwriter Salim Khan said, “This is what every great person in history has said .. war is not a sensible thing.”
Director Kabir Khan’s Tubelight is a historical war drama set against the backdrop of the Indo-Sino war set in 1962 and also features Chinese actors Zhu Zhu and child actor Matin Rey Tangu.
This is not the first time Khan has spoken out in favour of talks and peace. Last time when there was a call for a ban on Pakistani artistes in the background of increased cross-border terror, he had said there “is a difference between the terrorists and the artistes”