Salim Khan, father of actor Salman Khan, yesterday gave a message to detractors and protestors calling for his departure to Pakistan: “I hail from Afghanistan; those who protest outside my house shouldn’t tell me to go to Pakistan, they should say go to Afghanistan.
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I have good relations there; I will go there,” said the screenwriter of Salim-Javed fame. Salim was speaking at an education event, ‘Taleem ki taquat’, which was also attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The event was organised for the Muslim community and sought to highlight the power of education.
In that connection, Salim narrated how his forefathers had come to India from Afghanistan for a better education and life. “My great-grandfather Anwar Khan wanted his family to lead a proper life and hence he came from Afghanistan.
My father Rashid Khan was the third generation to be settled in India,” said Salim. At the same event, he also mentioned how he wanted to write more but had been unable to, due to recent circumstances, including his son’s ongoing trials.
Last month, Salim had to go into fire fighting mode after his son Salman stirred a hornet’s nest with tweets in favour of Yakub Memon, who was recently hanged for the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Before the hanging, Salman had tweeted ‘Get tiger hang him.
Parade him not his brother’ and ‘Been wanting to tweet Tis fr 3 days n was afraid to do so but it involves a man’s n family. Don’t hang brother hang tha lomdi (fox) who ran away’.
However, his father later went on record saying his son’s comments were “ridiculous and meaningless”, and added that the tweets had been posted in ignorance of the issue. Following this, Salman deleted the posts in question and apologised on Twitter.
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