Kabir Khan denies protest in Karachi, asks media to ignore

Karachi, April 27 (IANS) Reacting to reports that he was welcomed here with protests and anti-India slogans, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” director Kabir Khan on Wednesday urged media persons of both countries to “ignore” such stories.

There were reports that noisy protests had erupted at Karachi airport on Wednesday against the Bollywood director as he was about to board a plane to go to Lahore.

The director also said that the footage captured by some “screaming lunatics” should not be considered news.

He tweeted: “To media on both sides: 12 screaming lunatics with a mobile phone camera is not news. Please don’t give them the attention they want. Ignore”.

Demonstrators mobbed Khan while shouting anti-India slogans asking him ‘why he did not make movies depicting the role played by the Indian intelligence agency RAW in Pakistan’.

In fact, at least one man waved a shoe at Khan who did not respond to the ruckus at the departure lounge, Dawn reported.

The director had panned his camera to narrate a story about a retired Indian Army officer who leads a mission to kill Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed set in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks through his film “Phantom”, which was banned in Pakistan.

Khan, who has also showed the relationship between the two countries in new light of love and admiration with “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, starring superstar Salman Khan, arrived here to take part in a conference and said he was a firm believer in India’s secular fabric and in the friendship between India and Pakistan.



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