Mumbai: Minutes after Pakistani actor Fawad Khan released his first statement on the ongoing controversial issue of Pakistani artistes ban in India, fans reacted negatively over his 'diplomacy'.
Though few fans praised the actor, some just couldn’t move must the actor’s ‘balanced’ ‘diplomatic statement’ and slammed him on Facebook.
Fawad Khan took to his official social media to express his view on IMPPA's decision to temporarily ban Pakistani artistes from working in Indian cinema in the wake of Uri terror attack, where 19 Indian soldiers lost their lives.
After Uri attacks, that witnessed 19 Indian soldiers losing their lives to violent terrorst act, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had given 48 hours ultimatum to all the Pakistani artists to leave India following which, Fawad Khan allegedly had to leave the country. On Friday, Fawad released a public statement where he addressed the tension between neighbouring nations India and Pakistan.
The statement on his Facebook post read, "I've been in Lahore since July as my wife and I had been expecting our second child. I've received numerous requests from the media and from well wishers worldwide asking me for my thoughts on the sad incidents that took place in the past few weeks. As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world. I believe we owe it to our children who will shape our tomorrow. This is the first time I have spoken on the matter. Please disregard any other words attributed to me during this time because I have not said them. I thank all my fans and fellow artists from Pakistan, India and people in general all over the world who have shown continued support for their belief in love and understanding to unite a divisive world."
Minutes after his post, the comment section was flooded with mixed reactions from his fans.
"Lol What a balance.your statement is even more Diplomatic than diplomats you are playing very well on the edge for your future and that's good for you but sometimes you have to show your feelings and emotions as Patriot for your country....!!!" reads the top comment.
While another one wrote, “Stop acting innocent! People in India loved you always, supported you even when half the population stood against you,and what you did? You betrayed them by acting innocent in India and just when you reached the pakistani border your statements changed, you called Indians greedy for money and small hearted people. Mr. Fawad Afzal Khan,sorry but you betrayed Indians., who almost made you shine on a greater platform, and we will make sure to never support you with our hearts ever.”
"This is called elegant diplomacy. :) He can't make both Indians and pakistanis happy at the same time" and "Stop acting innocent! People in India loved you always, supported you even when half the population stood against you,and what you did? You betrayed them by acting innocent in India and just when you reached the pakistani border your statements changed."
However, there were also those who continued to lend support to the actor, who recently became a father of two.
In a big relief for Fawad Khan and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' team, the IMPPA has reportedly allowed the film to release nationwide.