Shahrukh Khan can come to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India: Hafiz Saeed

Published: January 26, 2013

Shahrukh Khan had said he had been accused of bearing allegiance to Pakistan rather than India. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: If Shahrukh Khan does not feel safe in India, he can come to Pakistan, said Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.

Saeed was speaking to Express News during an interview.

“I welcome him; I will help him with his stay here,” the JuD chief said, adding that Shahrukh will be respected in Pakistan.

Saeed’s invitation comes in response to Shahrukh’s recent statements about life as a Muslim in India. The Indian superstar – in a first person account – talked about how he became an “inadvertent object of political leaders.”

In the Outlook Turning Points magazine, Shahrukh said “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.”

“There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country — this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland,” he wrote.

Saeed is considered as most wanted terrorist by India for his alleged association with Lashkar-e-Taiba and its anti-India activities.  He, however, denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.

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Reader Comments (124)

  • Maher
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Yes Shahrukh Khan, hope fully you can buy a mansion next to Bilawal Palace in Karachi…

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  • Shahzad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Epic comment Hafiz Sahib. You’ve started to making a lot of sense :)

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Why Pakistanis giving Shahrukh Khan importance? He is just seeking attention as his recent movies were unable to make any kind of impact.

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  • B
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:51PM

    A charity worker talks like a Home Minister in Pakistan. What more can we ask.

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  • Faraz
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Maybe Mr. Saeed should worry about the Shias and the Non-Muslims living in Pakistan, first, then worry about some (Muslim) Bollywood star who has made billions/millions in his home…India.

    Let’s say if he decides to come, will you allow him to do what he does? Act and make movies?! (also he is married to a Hindu!) I really don’t think so, so please stop meddling in other people’s affairs.

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  • Rashid
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:56PM

    Why only Sharukh? What about the rest of ummah suffering in India, in Myanmar and elswhere?

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  • Ram Ram
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:56PM

    The title somehow implies my most favorite Hero has said or done anything
    unpatriotic. On reading the article though my respect for Sharukh has gone up.
    Terrorist Leander’s silly comments are a distraction.

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:00PM

    lol… Hafiz Sahab,, Please protect innocent Pakistanis who are killed on routine basis by terrorists,, if you can…

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  • ayesha azeem
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:01PM

    Shahrukh Khan has exposed the secularism of India,I have always seen Indians condemning the shia killings in Pakistan but what about their country,the so called democratic country India
    I have often seen Hindus spitting venom for Muslims in India,Whenever a Muslim is involved in some crime in India,I see thousands of abusive comments against Muslims on TOI,Quaid e Azam was right,Muslims and Hindus can never live together,Thank you Quaid for giving us Pakistan..Thank you..Recommend

  • proud indian(hindu)
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:03PM

    ok hafiz pls take all your indian muslim brothers with you they are not feeling safe here .

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 6:11PM

    good god!

    man’s desperate for spotlight – either his movies are not doing well or a new one is around the corner.

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 6:19PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    Dont worry soon he will come up with this excuse “Media took my version out of context” and you will eat your words

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  • Ali S
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Wow, this guy has totally lost it. Besides, if anything, an invitation from someone like Hafiz Saeed will only deter Bollywood celebrities from Pakistan.

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 6:28PM

    @ayesha azeem: Well said. This should spatter some muck on India’s face. The Quaid knew what he was doing and his favor has not been well taken and well received by us.

    If this is democracy in India, then torture and terrorism is not much different. The shining face of India is not much different from ours…an overflowing gutter.

    Salams to Shahrukh and his family 2013

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  • zaheer
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Shahrukh Khan’s approach towards how Muslims are being dealt with in India is not manoeuvred nor tempted by anything other than what Muslims are actually feeling on India’s dealing with them. Shabana Azmi was forcibly denied to buy a home in Mumbai, same has been the case for Shahrukh. What a secular country which boasts to be the biggest democracy is unable to stand fast in front of unlawful and unethical demands of Shiv Sena’s extremists for not allowing Pakistani players to play hockey on their soil. Wow!
    Biggest democracy seems to have smallest heart. Well, Shahrukh had to face unprecedented agony and anguish of extremists when he had just said that Pakistani players are good players and should be included in IPL. Not including the best players in cricket world clearly shows how cheap is the approach of Indians.
    Shahrukh Khan, a super star, is an Indian, a devout Indian with whose involvement in film industry hundreds of Indians are earning sustenance for their families is now being dealt with in an unwanted and inappreciable way which must be stopped. Otherwise, India will soon lose its claim to be both a biggest democracy and a secular country.
    Thanks to Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister who came in public with evidence how Indians and not Pakistanis were involved in train blasts, and how much India is vulnerable to Hindu extremism.Thank God, Indian govt seems to have been little clear after more than half a century about always wrongly blaming Pakistan for every sin or crime that happens in India.

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  • Zulfikar, Islamabad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:30PM

    This trend of taking pity on Indians, must be stopped.If you are unable to defend yourself, no one on the planet earth will help you out. I am sure Sharukh is Indian and he should be proud of his Indian nationality. He is not orphan. The way Sharmila Farouqi has take pity on him, is beyond comprehension, she might be feeling bad because she herself has remained an actress/model in the past.Anyway, Sharmila keep twitting, good luck!

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  • Pakistan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Totally Epic! For sure shahrukh is not coming Pakistan but this statement will leave Indians burning :D

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Yes please come back. Your arrival will make Lollywood bigger than Hollywood and Bollywood combined in 90 days

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  • Bombayite
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:35PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    If India was not truly secular how did Shah Rukh Khan become a superstar in the first place.
    He was offered films and he acted in them and the general public , majority Hindus appreciated it and he got more work.If there was discrimination he would not have got a single film.He has many hits because all sections of the society watched his films
    He earned his name,fame and wealth in Mumbai ,yet he kept harping on Pakistani players after 26/11 in IPL and this hurt the sentiments of a lot of residents of the city.He was seen as ungrateful to the city which gave him everything.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:35PM

    and hafiz saeed once again succeeded trolling indians and their loves in pak LOL

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  • Daniel
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:36PM

    As per the latest news, Shahrukh is the highest earning celebrity in India (200 crores per year), much more than hindu dhoni. Did he earn all this without feeling safe or without the support of 80% hindus? Disappointed.

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  • G. Din
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:37PM

    @proud indian(hindu):
    @ayesha azeem:
    @Rashid:
    “Why only Sharukh? What about the rest of ummah suffering in India, in Myanmar and elswhere? “
    You could start with all those 300,000 Bihari Pakistanis still languishing in Bangladeshi camps and all those unwanted 800,000 Rohingyas, to start with!
    It is a sterling suggestion which all patriotic Pakistanis should support. It could be a turning point for Lollywood!

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  • TAKRAR
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:42PM

    Watch Exclusive Interview in Program Takrar with Imran khan on Express news at 10:05 PM

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  • Raj
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:43PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    Not sure about your comment – “Muslims and Hindus can never live together”

    However given my study of Pakistan and other Muslim countries I can say that Muslims till now have not been able to live with themselves. On the contrary they have been relatively peaceful when they have been living with Hindus or Christians or Buddhists or Jews. Interesting, isn’t it ?

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  • wasif
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:45PM

    imporatnt
    @Rehman:

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  • stevenson
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:46PM

    @Maher: Who is Hafiz Saeed to call for a foreign national to move to Pakistan? Only the foreign office can decide whether anyone can or cannot legally come to Pakistan. I don’t think that most Pakistanis would welcome more foreigners in the country, Shahrukh Khan included. There is trouble enough dealing with those who are there in terms of jobs and integration. There are millions of Biharis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Afghans and Rohingas who all want to come to Pakistan but that doesn’t mean the native people of Pakistan will welcome them. I think Pakistan should help its own people first before worrying about the nationals of other countries.

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  • Bombayite
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Hafiz Saeed is driving out investments out of Pakistan.The students coming out of universities will have no jobs if he keeps on blabbering like this,forget welcoming people from other parts, there is already a mad rush towards the exit door out of Pakistan.

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  • Umer
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Shahrukh is liberal so would most likely be killed by a Mumtaz Qadri. Hafiz Saeed should ask all Muslims to come to the country created for the Muslims of India.

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  • aj
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:58PM

    and now SRK will face more difficulty in India..bye the way i didn’t know hafiz saeed is so funny..lol

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  • Nitish
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:58PM

    Any way nice gesture hafeez bhai…how about extending hands to all indian muslim brother…ehsan kijiye hum logo par….Recommend

  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    Madame ! Do not spoil your good taste reading TOI. It is for the city rabble. You degrade us Pakistanis by revealing this preference of yours.

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  • Zalim singh
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:12PM

    How about the 45 Muslims killed in 2008 Mumbai attacks? Will he take care of them too? They are directly at loss because of his actions. He is only worried about an actor.

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  • tariq jameel
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:20PM

    hahaha…just to test hafiz, shahrukh should say he’s a shia and wants to move to pakistan!
    EPIC

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  • Shahrukh Khan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:22PM

    Mr. Saeed Sahib, my name is Khan but I am not terrorist!

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  • indian
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:23PM

    @ayesha azeem: it’s funny how you actually related secular society with secular government….
    india is a secular country because it has a secular constitution not because the society itself has reached highest level of morality and social discrimination faced by Shahrukh or any indian for that matter on religious or ethnic grounds only implies that not all member of society shares the same value….for example even in country like United states shahrukh and many others faced similar discrimination that does mean us is not secular…..100% secular country is obtainable 100% secular society i doubt
    what matters is did shahrukh filed a complain?? what response did he get from authorities??
    did he use all the rights that are available to him???

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  • rp
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:38PM

    we will b happy if every Muslim feel unsafe be shifted to Pakistan…..ready even to exile all muslims

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  • rp
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:39PM

    Shahrukh khan is married with an Hindu girl

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  • Indian
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:58PM

    If it is not for Indian public Sharuk Khan will never become what he is today? Indians are the one who gave him all popularity and prosperity. Also Why he has not mentioned the strong support he received from the Indian public & media when he has been illegally detained in the US?, which forced to mighty US govt to apologise? If he wishes to accept the hospitality of Hafiz Saeed & Co, nobody is stopping him

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  • Seth Hitherto
    Jan 26, 2013 - 7:59PM

    It seems to me Hafiz Saeed has been watching Indian Movies. Tauba tauba.

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  • Naqvi1
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:00PM

    No way bro.. we already have Sahir Lodhi :D

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  • aju
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:07PM

    it is not true that muslim are being treated discrimnately. i am an hindu and proud to be an indian. i love all muslim brothers also. but hate those indians who support terrorism and kill so many innocent people. all muslim , hindu should be united to combat this terrorism.

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  • mystreeman
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:11PM

    @proud indian(hindu): yes why not but before that kindly snatch away the mask of secularism on india face.

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 8:11PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    u ppl just mock secularism in india…why don’t u show secularism to the world in ur cuntry….insensitive ppl..!!

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  • asim
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:17PM

    Get another place for you pakistan has already accomodated a lot of people dear

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  • ajeeth
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @ayesha azeem “Quaid e Azam was right,Muslims and Hindus can never live together,Thank you Quaid for giving us Pakistan..Thank you..”

    the whole world can see the unity & peace paksitan enjoys now a days. Quaid e Azam was right? Thank you..”

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  • Another Indian
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:29PM

    “…Shahrukh Khan has exposed the secularism of India,I have always seen Indians condemning the shia killings in Pakistan but what about their country,the so called democratic country India…”

    @ayesha azeem: We are still not a perfect secular democracy yet; but we still at least aspire to be so. What about Islamic Republic of Pakistan? I know you got the answer…

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  • afzaalkhan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:42PM

    why indians are upset? Saeed is not Indian citizen and can say whatever he wants, why don’t you guys take note of SRK comments? And while you are at it direct those comments on indian website, bit rich coming on pakistani website and complaigning about Pakistan. Tell you what despite what ET promote overwhelming majority really don’t care abt your whining. And if you insist on commenting plz tell us why you guys such a cry baby? Always crying and whining, seriously no one in pak take Saeed seriously and he keeps trolling you guys, get a life.

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  • Dominic
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:47PM

    Discrimination, Terrorism and Wars hurt everybody no matter your religious views or believes, social level, age, nacionality or the tone of your skin. even if india is a secular country there’s a common gold rule, do not do to others unto others what you do not want done to yourself What about to love your neighbor as yourself.

    How about killed people of all nationalities and religions on September 11 if we do not stop the hatred and discrimination we won’t be able to stop deaths and suffering. all over the world.

    He deserves to be treated like a human being regardless of their religious beliefs.

    There’s a lot of people who fall in love to india because of SRK it’s a shame that due to religious stuff or misunderstanding he suffers such discrimonatios. It’s not about Muslims we have to worry its about a human discrimination all over the world.

    I love India culture, music, food, clothing, spices, etc because of SRK.

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  • Dominic
    Jan 26, 2013 - 8:57PM

    Discrimination, Terrorism and Wars hurt everybody no matter your religious views or believes, social level, age, nacionality or the tone of your skin. even if india is a secular country there’s a common gold rule, do not do to unto others what you do not want done to yourself What about to love your neighbor as yourself.

    How about killed people of all nationalities and religions on September 11 if we do not stop the hatred and discrimination we won’t be able to stop deaths and suffering. all over the world.

    He deserves to be treated like a human being regardless of their religious beliefs.

    There’s a lot of people who fall in love to india because of SRK it’s a shame that due to religious stuff or misunderstanding he suffers such discrimonatios. It’s not about Muslims we have to worry its about a human discrimination all over the world.

    I love India culture, music, food, clothing, spices, etc because of SRK.

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  • Naresh Kumar
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:07PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    U dont know about india . U know our vice president is Muslim,Prime minister is Sikh,Defence Minister is Christian . Shahrukh is Billion doller celebrity in india we all (hindu,muslim,sikh,chritian)like them. there are all other muslim bollywood actor salman khan,amir khan ,saif ali khan who are well respcted than and much famous than any hindu .we all like like them . Politics is responsible for that and some politian want some favous by like condeming muslims .For running a car we need wheel balance and to run our country india we need to work together so Hindu muslim sikh chriatain all have to work together .

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  • Rana I.A. Khan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:11PM

    Hafiz Saeed Sb. with due respect you have failed to protect your fellow Muslims of Shea community and minorities how you can claim to protect Shah Rukh Khan.

    I think you first make your own house in order then make such funny offer.
    Our own country is now den of terrorists first uproot them if you can, in present circumstances your offer is merely a joke.

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  • Salman
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:21PM

    Why Hindus are after Indian muslims ? Even some one like SRK cannot escape their extremist bigotry.

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  • jiyala
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Joke of the century.

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  • Roomi
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Hafiz Saeed, what a double faced person are you. Please take your platoon and leave Pakistan to Afghanistan. We want Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan and not your’s. You bring shame for all Pakistanis by sending your trained groups to India and elsewhere. People need peace to live in the world and do not want your hatred theory. You control illiterate and innocent people. Your philosophy kills humanity but saves religion, whereas every religion is meant for human being. I wish Allah could wipe out you and your group alongwith Hamid Gul from Pakistan. You people are creators of a force which has given pain. miseries, poverty, illiteracy, killings, hatred. Allah is watching you and His justice will prevail soon. As you have witnessed powerful earthquake in Kashmir and whole Pakistan is suffering in different forms of calamity, hatred, looting, cruel rulers, hypocrite criminal mind mullahs like you have taken shelters with innocent people in the name of religion. Indeed Allah will punish those who create unrest in the soil.

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  • Enlightened
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:22PM

    The three Khan’s Amir, Salman and Sharhukh rule the Bollywood film industry because people of all religions including Hindus love them. Whereas the first two named films are still hit at the box office but Shahrukh is on the down-slide. May be he is feeling insecure because of his losing popularity or any other reason but I am sure that going to Pakistan will be the last thing on his mind and that too at the invitation of India’s no 1 enemy.

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  • Asad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:23PM

    I am not gonna lie, but I am loving all this, that is what real India is!

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  • Jan 26, 2013 - 9:23PM

    @stevenson: ” I think Pakistan should help its own people first before worrying about the nationals of other countries.”

    Three lac Bihari Muslims were/ are Pakistani nationals( who wanted to be with Pakistan rather than Bangladesh in 1971). Your own citizens are left to be languished by Pakistan despite of the promises to take them back.. What will you call it , apathy towards own citizens,and/ or hypocrisy of Ummah.

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  • Prakash
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:40PM

    Let the man do his honest work. He doesn’t need associations with the likes of Hafiz Saeed..

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  • Rao Sameer
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Any way Welcome to PAKISTAN …. not only king khan also other Muslims who want to come ;-)

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  • foulmouthed
    Jan 26, 2013 - 10:03PM

    How arrogantly stupid can one get to be.

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  • In the name of love
    Jan 26, 2013 - 10:45PM

    no nation in the world can boast of a record which says zero minority discrimination…neither the americans nor anyone else…shahrukh shoud understand this and look at it holistically….the amount of love that people in india have given him would weigh a thousand tons more than the discrimination he says he’s faced as being a muslim…i have never heard him appreciate the love and adulation he’s received in india despite being from a minority…if india was so discriminant by nature towards minorities, he wudnt have reached where he is today…

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  • DilliNiwasi
    Jan 26, 2013 - 10:58PM

    @zaheer:
    Your understanding of India’s secularism is shallow.
    SRK is in the spotlight being a mega star. He would not have become a mega star in India had people of India looked at him with religious tinted glasses. They adulated him because of his superior acting and who he projected to be who he was. For the same reason he is in the spotlight, his minor or major flaws will also get magnified as happened when he showed his arrogance in a playground against a security guard. We Indian people understand that being human, success can bring bouts of arrogance in a person but it will get corrected because he is in the limelight being an actor. I also do not agree that Pakistani sportsmen should have unconditional, unhindered access to India EVERY other time. SRSK is both right and wrong in saying that politics and sports/art should not be mixed but it does get mixed because we do not want to give encouragement to wrong behavior from other side of the border. Many of his fans across the border may also be Mumtaz Qadri fans or minority killers or supporters of killers. So let us not get blinded by emotions. And SRK is not a victim. Minorities are not a victim in India.

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  • Rohit Secular
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:02PM

    As if he will come. Given the chance, numerous pakistani & bangladeshi migrate to India. But I have never heard of any indian migrating to pakistan…

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  • Rohit Secular
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Most Indians in cities are secular. Secularism has got roots in villages also & is improving. What about Pakistan.Recommend

  • gp65
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:14PM

    @ayesha azeem: “Shahrukh Khan has exposed the secularism of India,”

    How so? Secularism means that the government will treat all citizens the same regardless of their religion. HAs Shah Rukh claimed any discrimination at the hands of Indian government? On the contrary when US immigration detained him for a couple of hours, Indian governmet sought and obtained an apology.

    Next come to tolerance. so many of his/Amir’s/Salman’s movies have grossed 100 crore plus in India. Is it just Muslims who watch the movies? No Hindus do too. Those Hindus who watch their movies are voting with their pocket. The incident he refers to happened during IPL season 3 auctions and was one off. Remember, he was not a celebrity and was also an orphan when Gauri (a Hindu)’s parents blessed their marriage.

    Yes there are some bigots in India ofcourse but their bigotry is verbal -they do not kill (riots are a completely different thing by the way – I am talking abot day to day living).

    As for HAfiz Saeed, would he also be equally protective of Shah Rukh’s wife who is a Hindu? What about protecting Shah Rukh’s income – if he is no longer a Bollywood star or IPL owner – will HAfiz Saeed also guarantee that?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:16PM

    SRK earned over 200 crores last year only which was not his best year. He should use his immense wealth for the progress and prosperity of Indian Muslims. Blaming other nations is easiest thing to do but its not always true.

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  • gp65
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:17PM

    @ayesha azeem: “Muslims and Hindus can never live together”

    Unlikely that Shah Rukh Khan would agree with you since his wife is a Hindu. Most of the heroines that he has successfully paired with are Hindu and most of the directors who have been loyal to him are Hindu.

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  • gp65
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @Salman: “Even some one like SRK cannot escape their extremist bigotry.”

    If bigotry was as widespread as you think Shah Rukh could ot have risen to such fame as he did. He was hired by Hindu directors, paired wih Hindu heroines and most inportanly Hindus watched his movies and made them hit. DO not forget that his wife is also a Hindu. The fact that there maybe some bigoted people in India is not denied. Also the negative reaction to him is not ongoing. IT was during the IPL 3 issue where some of his statements made it seem like he was more loyal to Pakistan than India.

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  • JSM
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:45PM

    When SRK was detained by Immigration authorities while entering USA, Govt of India jumped in and US border control authorities apologized. No such courtesy was shown when Imran Khan was stopped while entering the US. How will SRK manage when he goes to US on Pakistan passport OR will he never go to US from Pakistan.

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  • Vikas
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Mr. Saeed, only you will take Shahruk or other 20 crore Muslims of India also??

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  • vishal
    Jan 26, 2013 - 11:58PM

    Good Gesture Hafiz saeed SAHAB.
    Pls extend your helping hand to entire muslim community of India and ask them to come to Pakistan.
    Just as Pakistan is Incomplete without Kashmir,in the same way Pakistan is also incomplete without the muslims left in India.

    How’s the deal??

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  • lohana
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:13AM

    @Rashid:
    No1 is suffering in India. SRK has made billions in India. And please ur Adnan Sami is livin happily in India. wont even think abt coming back 2 pakistan. take care of Hindus sikhs christians Ahmedis Shias & Baloch in Pak. BTW India has many Myanmar Muslim refugees unlike ur country which only threatened Myanmar but did nothin positive for the Rohingyas while we gave them asylum. Suffering is wht Hindus face in Pakistan. ur HRW stats prove it. we dont kidnap muslim girls and forcibly convert them like ur countrymen do 2 hindu girls

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  • G. Din
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:21AM

    The problem with this man is that he carries the “Muslim” chip on his shoulder, much like his mentor Yuosuf Khan urf Dilip Kumar. Such people generally have a genius for self-destructive behaviour. Why don’t Salman and Aamir have such problems. We are proud of Aamir but it is doubtful if anyone is proud of Shahrukh although he is a well-known face internationally of Bollywood and more successful. His mentor went to Pakistan and accepted Nishan-e-Imtiaz from Nawaz Sharif. That act was quite imprudent and put him in a dog house with his compatriots after that. No honours, no accolades, no one gives a damn about him after that. Currently, his mentor has been sued by his own two brothers for breach of promise and trust.

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  • Raja
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Indians can take care of Saharuskh Khan. Mr Hafiz Saeeed should worry about faceless Hazars who are killed en mass every other day. Nothing amazes me more than these high moral sounding Hafiz Saeeds. There is a saying ” Chaaz to bolle so bolle, Chalni bhi bolle, jisme hazaron ched”.. Make a tow column table of Indian vs Pakisstani Muslims and I can assure you that Indian Muslims will fare far better in every field.

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  • aafat
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:51AM

    To Indian commentors who have rightly said that SRK has been genuinely appreciated by ALL Indians – regardless of their religious affiliation.
    Totally true indeed. Fully agree on that one.
    However, the fact is that things don’t always remain the same.
    Things change, people change, attitudes change. Bollywood ITSELF has changed tremendously, hasn’t it?
    A great many Indians (Hindus, Muslims) have grown OUT of religious bigotry.
    But a great many HAVE grown INTO it. And these are the ones whom it’s difficult tgo ‘take on’ – e.g. (late) Bal Thakeray, Narendra Modi and others.
    So whereas I’m sure SRK IS thankful to ALL Indians for appreciating him and giving him recognition, I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about when he says “Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland”.
    Think about it: things ARE changing in good old secular India.
    Thank you.

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  • naveed
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:21AM

    The sun which is the ultimate source of energy shed his beam on rich & poor alike. I don’t know than why we human being discriminate on the basis of color, caste &religion?

    !!!..

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  • Khan e Alam
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:26AM

    leave everything aside, just see the no of endians winning here and there after SRK’s statement and earlier they used to do it in the garb of Pakistanis (which I’m sure they still have done here as well) but here mostly they have not bothered to adopt any cover for themselves. lolz…Hafiz saeed’s a statement burns this much? where were you when he was told by your spiritual father thakrey to go to Pakistan, where were you when secular most liberal person like Shabana Azmi was denied of a residence in mumbai just because of her muslim name and do you all know the name of some one like narindar moodi? what…sorry..you said..no..ok..ask some muslim from Gujrat (only if you find someone alive and capable of replying) and Kashmir, Nagaland, mizoram, asam, manipur, list is long.Recommend

  • ALpha
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:38AM

    How can He come to Pak. International teams even Baangladash not like come come as there is no safety in Pak..

    CAn Mr Saeed will support Film making in PAk while He is inviting big film actor????

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  • Syed irfan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:44AM

    I have never seen such a filth, hypocrite thinking like Indians politicians has.For God sake Shahrukh Khan (The most popular actor in the world) he is your super star he gave India’s recognition all over the world.Otherwise who would have known India’s before,what is u done except promoting your film industry which is also because of KHANS so please if u cant give respect to your superstar like Shahrukh khan the one who also has name in the list (100 Most Influential People in the world) then sorry to say u don’t really deserve to be respected.

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  • Amrita Yasin
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:52AM

    Really? What about the other Indian Muslims? Can you also help them stay here? Get real. Pakistan can’t deal with its own population and you are claiming Indian Muslims will be better off in Pakistan.

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  • Dude
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:25AM

    The Pakis need to read the comments a few times before they rant. He just said he was an inadvertan target to crooked politicians, which is not a national sentiment. If India was not secular he wouldn’t be alive by now, which would an aspect of Pakistan.

    The major difference between India and Pakistan is that Pakis tend to sieve every darn thing throuh Hindu - Muslim fabric while for India its just India vs Pakistan. Pakistan would never understand the difference.
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  • Dude
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:32AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    “SRK earned over 200 crores last year only which was not his best year. He should use his immense wealth for the progress and prosperity of Indian Muslims. Blaming other nations is easiest thing to do but its not always true.”

    Why should he spend his wealth on Muslims alone when his movies were made a success by everyone in India ?

    This is the problem fundamentally with your society. You don’t have the capability to think outside your community. Its one of the major reasons the country is in the state that it is now.

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  • Iqbal
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:43AM

    We muslims have become the laughing stock of this world. Hot from the press is this report:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268395/Adil-Rashid-Paedophile-claimed-Muslim-upbringing-meant-didnt-know-illegal-sex-girl-13.html
    This news article from UK, where neither muslims nor hindus are in majority, confirms what the world has started to think about muslims and madrassa education. The problem we have is that we have now become the new “blacks” of this world. In UK it is difficult for us to get good jobs because we do not pay enough emphasis on education and still involve in practices of 6th century. Hafeez Saeed should perhaps comment about UK government’s possible banning of madrassa education. I hope they do it quick.

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  • .
    Jan 27, 2013 - 4:23AM

    A kind gesture.
    But would Hafiz Saeed be as quick to sympathize and offer protection to the plights of religious minorities targeted in Pakistan?
    A better solution, perhaps, would be to brainstorm ways and means of solving the problem of targeting people who come from different religions and ethnicities. Rather than encourage Shahrukh and Muslims in general who feel persecuted to hop across the border, rather than re-create the demand that India and Pakistan should stand for Hindu and Muslim respectively, rather than foster stubborn religious nationalisms, maybe we should sympathize with the general mass of targeted Muslims and Hindus in both countries, and put an end to this division and persecution.
    For those who will now laugh at the classification with Shahrukh and the masses, I’m not saying Shahrukh Khan is an example of the general person in India, but here it’s useful to allow him to voice their concerns and so refocus attention on them rather than simply scorn the idea of him being targeted.

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  • Nero
    Jan 27, 2013 - 4:29AM

    @ayesha azeem:

    Yup, hindus and muslims (the common people) had been killing each other incesantly for 1000 years. Thats why there are 1.5 billion of us in south Asia. Its only when Pakistan came up that the killings have stopped. Now muslims in Pakistan are living peacefuly and there is no killing anywhere. Way to go!

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  • Dominic
    Jan 27, 2013 - 5:46AM

    @Naresh Kumar:
    there is people who might not know about India or Pakistan but they know that hatred and discrimination isin’t good for anyone.
    I know both, Pakistan and Hindi people are kind and caring but as you said in order to have a balance they need to work together and solve their issues, I’ve seen the pain that conflict brings. Enmity only brings tears while the brotherhood brings comfort, help and smiles. If you ever visit a mission field you will know what I’m talking about.

    meanwhile I’ll work and pray for peace. Big changes begins with one person at a time, and hopefuly wish all of you join me at some point.
    it’s worthy to take a stand for peace.

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  • ahmed
    Jan 27, 2013 - 6:04AM

    Hafeez saeed should concentrate on helping our brothers and sisters who are Hindu Christians Shias, Ahmadis and regular ordinary muslims who have tough time in Pakistan instead of worrying about one of the richest Indians in the World even though he is a Muslim. Discrimination is horrible and it must be a crime against humanity internationally so we can stop the small minded politicians and demagogues getting elected on the basis hatred of one group or another.

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  • Dominic
    Jan 27, 2013 - 6:16AM

    @Shahrukh Khan: Walk with your head held high and make your voice heard even if it’s a whisper I’m sure someday they will listen.

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  • jugnoo
    Jan 27, 2013 - 7:52AM

    @ayesha azeem:
    Muslims are much more safe in India than in pak. Just compare the killing curves.

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  • ask
    Jan 27, 2013 - 8:06AM

    When actors speak without help of a script they generally make fools of themselves since only a script writer can make silence speak..Shahrukh Khan never learnt the grandeur of contemptuous silence. That is an art mastered by Dilip Kumar who was more than once accused of being a Pakistani spy & he reacted to the charge with mere body language of sneering contempt without verbalising though he was back then far more articulate than this Khan can ever hope to be. In various local languages there are traditional subcontinental “Gaalis”(abusive epithets) that are pronounced with great gusto to suit various stress points of day to living. Generally crude, but with familial overtones betraying a subconscious fascination for forbidden relationships. Most are universal in nature. Some are made for a particular community or group. Among other abuses for Muslims “Go-to-Pakistan” is coined exclusively for Indian Muslims by Indian Hindus. Muslims have their own glossary of the gross for Hindus. All these are by products of “civilisation”. It is below one’s dignity to react thru media to a “gaali” instead of dealing with it on the spot whenever one can.

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  • Udaya Bose
    Jan 27, 2013 - 8:31AM

    @ayesha azeem:
    We thank the Quaid too – for taking Pakistan away.

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  • Surjit Singh Khokhar
    Jan 27, 2013 - 8:34AM

    @Pakistan:
    Not at all .Indians will be most grateful if not only him, you take all muslim to pakistan as most of them feel unsafe in india

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  • abhi
    Jan 27, 2013 - 8:38AM

    i bet despite this generous offer he will not shift to pakistan.

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  • Jan 27, 2013 - 8:58AM

    @proud indian(hindu): We will welcome them with open arms. We will provide food, security, and jobs to our brothers and sisters and populate Pakistan till it spills over at the seams into India.

    Then you know what will happen? India will become a ‘PROTECTORATE’ of the Muslims.

    So, live in peace and HARMONY. Have a nice day

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jan 27, 2013 - 9:52AM

    “I welcome him; I will help him with his stay here,” the JuD chief said, adding that Shahrukh will be respected in Pakistan.

    Shahrukh khan, please do us all a favor and accept the invitation by the JuD and pack your bags.

    SK is the one of the top actor of the B’wood, he appears in every advertisement from cold drinks, beauty producs (fair & lovely). man’s watch, man’s clothing to owning an IPL franchise, all this ads. are supposedly to attract hindus as they have the buying power (remember as per muslims, they are the poorest and most backward, there fore don’t have extra rupees to buy all these advertised items by SK)

    SK also gets grilled by homeland security every time he lands in USA. (because of an amreekan-hindu-jew conspiracy! LOL!). Pakistanis are sure to welcome SK with open arms, unlike Uncle Sam or discriminating hindus. Heck, pakistanis even invited OBL with open-arm why not SK?

    After all this. he feels discriminated in India. I suppose he wants indians to built a temple for him and do aarti of his statue every morning and evening!

    SK, get lost! You are just an over-expressive actor, you offer nothing productiive to indians (hindus, muslims.christians and others) except for over-acted movies.

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  • observer
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:23AM

    Shahrukh Khan can come to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India: Hafiz Saeed

    And where should Bihari Muslims from Bangladesh go?

    And will the ASWJ friends of Mr Saeed let Hazras feel safe?

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  • awais
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:27AM

    ET could have done better to report this story the way every one else has done. This indirect way of relating it with Hafiz Saeed is, at best, discriminatory. The other side of India isn’t so cool, surely not only for Muslims. We must accept that. How should we carve our relations, this can be done separately. Facts must be presented, if that is what we call true journalism.

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  • Jehangir Mari
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:34AM

    Shahrukh Khan might be welcome in Pakistan, but FIRST he has to reply to following questions? Is he Sunni or Shia? If Sunni, is he Barailwi or Deobandi?

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  • Khan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:37AM

    Whatever Shahrukh is still safe in India Hafiz Sahib can you please use your resources which you are offering Shahrukh in protecting common people of Pakistan.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:47AM

    Hafiz Saeed Ahmed is far better than Shiv Sena because at least Hafiz Saeed Ahmed shall never harm SRK as Shiv Sena is threatening SRK and in Pakistan Hindus are living more safely and securely than muslims most especially importantly Pakistani muslims living in India and by this prejudicial attitude India has proven that Indians can not afford the muslims in India whereas Indian media and movies display and have been displaying the different facts against the Indians’ nature about/for the muslims and this hatred and prejudicial Indians’ attitude has displayed and proven the most worst ever and ugliest hidden and furtive real and true face and intentions of the biggest Indian democracy and Indian people about/for the muslims and as far as this stance is concerned “Saeed is considered as most wanted terrorist by India for his alleged association with Lashkar-e-Taiba and its anti-India activities. He, however, denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.” then until now India didn’t provide any authentic,solid,trustworthy and credible evidences against Hafiz Saeed Ahmed but provided only and only informations and informations are never good enough and sufficient against any one to declare criminal/guilty/culprit/miscreant…..

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  • Zulfiqar
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:48AM

    Shahrukh Khan’s statement reminds me what Shahid Afridi said in the past about Indians.

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  • akshay
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:50AM

    leave srk be. U can provide asylum to all the illegal bangladeshi migrants who so much love to come to a pro hindu country, i wonder what for?

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  • AK
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:03PM

    well minorities are usually discriminated in most countries of the world, India is no different as they have the same background as all of us in South East Asia. It is so pity that only us in Pakistan is the target of all those who want to give extreme examples, especially on discrimination. Very sad to know that King Khan in India is being treated as no body by these highly discriminatory politicians for their own petty gains….

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:26PM

    “That’s funny in itself, and funnier given the fact that Pakistan couldn’t give a safe stay even to Osama, their most valued guest.”

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  • Chirag-ud-din aidasani
    Jan 27, 2013 - 3:17PM

    @Rashid:
    Muslims suffering in India ?? Muslims are safer in India and enjoy much more political freedom than muslims anywhere else on this plenet . I am a muslim too and i love India and don’t make any comments without having any knowledge . Our 2 presidents were muslims and our current vice president is a muslim . There are so many chief justices who are muslims in India . Can you say the same about your nation ?? Are minorities even there in your political parities ??? Apne ghar ko pehle sudharo phir dusro ke ghar par comment marna.Recommend

  • waqas
    Jan 27, 2013 - 6:00PM

    haha guyz that was taunt not a welcome msg and

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  • Enkay
    Jan 27, 2013 - 7:34PM

    @zaheer: Plz try to understand all in Pakisthan, in India Muslims r happier than Hindus of Pakisthan. If anything to blame for the current state of Muslims in India it’s bcoz of their blind following of false promising leaders. Congress govt allways made Mulsims a different species and kept them as a vote bank in election and did nothing for them. Use your brain when cast your vote. Offcourse India is democratic country and we never failed democracy like in Pakisthan. You dont know what democracy is all about! No using in explaining. Few ppl always wanted the gap between Hindu & Muslim growing instead of reducing. Hence they only mentioned negative incidents whr muslim’s faced systemic trouble but no real growth story about Indian Muslims. Have you ever elected / selected anybody otherthan muslims for higher posts? India is far ahead of you Pakisthan. You have a too long distance to catch up with India.

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  • Chirag-ud-din aidasani
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:10PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    I live in the city of Hyderabad , the India one in Andhra Pradesh where Hindu Population is 55% and muslim population about 45% so almost equal population . We live in peace and harmony . Infact Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing cities of the world and is an alpha city which wouldn’t have been possible if there was social unrest . So I’m glad to say you are 1000 & wrong . Im a muslim too and i firmly believe that a state created on basis of religion is bound to fail aka your pakistan . Pakistan was created by British to divide and rule and its working till date . Instead of working together we are fighting and wasting our resources on nuclear tech when we should be feeding our people and in this case India is far aead of pakistan .Recommend

  • Om Prakash Sharma
    Jan 27, 2013 - 10:58PM

    SRK himself is responsible for raising this controversy. No muslim is discriminated systematically in India. If any it is sporadic which is true in every country. There is APJ Abdul Kalam and hosts of Muslim celebrities in India. Bollywood regularly invite Pakistani artists. They perform here and earn money. India has given most favoured Nation status to Pakistan which Pakistan is dithering to give it to India. Sania Mirza married a Pakistani and still plays for India. All these Pakistani sisters and brothers who are spitting poison for India will realise that a nation built on hatred will not survive for long. The terrorist Pakistan raised against India are now headache to Pakistan itself. If SRK is interested to go and settle in Pakistan,he is free to do so. Who stopped Sania? Bollywood will still remain a craze for Pakistanis. They may smuggle our DVD’s or buy it through Dubai.

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  • Raffye Memon
    Jan 28, 2013 - 1:43AM

    Funny.. ! Pakistanis are not safe in Pakistan, and this molvi wants him to move to Pakistan. what a joke :). Hafiz Saeed should consider of fellow pakistanis first then welcoming him to pakistan. there are 20+ deaths daily in karachi. hundreds of pakistani’s killed by pakistanis so i think pakistanis do not want to stay in pakistan anymore atleast i dont

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  • Pragmatist
    Jan 28, 2013 - 7:13AM

    Muslims are suffering from a “Persecution Complex”. Everyone else is stopped at the airports but only Muslims make a song and dance over it. You see few citizens of other religions complain as much as Muslims do. Despite all this complaining, other religions are systematically targeted in Muslim nations. That is the biggest irony.

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  • hamza
    Jan 28, 2013 - 4:27PM

    sharukh khan can surely come to pakistan all pakistan will welcome him

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  • JSM
    Jan 28, 2013 - 5:36PM

    When is SRK moving to Pakistan. In any case, this is the end of his career in India.

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  • ravi
    Jan 29, 2013 - 12:51AM

    Better get all Indian muslims from India to Pakistan

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  • pankaj kumar
    Jan 29, 2013 - 5:00AM

    I am sure hafiz is not safe in Pakistan. Musharraf is not safe and all other former president of

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  • JSM
    Jan 29, 2013 - 8:26AM

    @AK:
    I do not agree about treatment of moinorities in India. I belong to minority community- however I feel that this has earned me the trust and faith of my colleagues. In fact I have never felt that I belong to a minority community- I have always felt that the whole country (India) belongs to me – that is the sense of ownership I have for my nation.

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  • XYZ
    Jan 30, 2013 - 5:31PM

    :)..ayesha,……

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  • XYZ
    Jan 30, 2013 - 5:34PM

    :)…it seems ayesha azeem is gaining more populairty than shahrukh khan in this bolg….:)..Recommend

  • Jamal Khan
    Jan 31, 2013 - 8:07AM

    Shahrukh may come or not to Pakistan ,but we should care about the lives of Muslims living in India.our authority should not declare such statements that harmful for the people living in India ,if one shahrukh is welcomed what about other Muslims ?It is impossible to come all to pakistan so first we should not interfere in india and the second if so,we should help them in their own land.

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  • d_indrani
    Jan 31, 2013 - 9:34AM

    Hey Shah Rukh, make movies NOT news, this is degrading your position.

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  • aminulwahab
    Jan 31, 2013 - 11:14AM

    please inform himself about the safety of hafiz saeed if he is safe in pakistan? because there is no safty in pakistan, how he safe the life of sharukh khan ? first of all he should think abaut the safty of human being of pakitan.

    k

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  • Feb 1, 2013 - 10:39AM

    Mr.khan come and next Wazeer-e-Azam Pakistan………………………………………………………

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  • Feb 12, 2013 - 6:21AM

    I got what you intend, appreciate it for putting up.Woh I am thankful to find this website through google. “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself.” by Woodrow Wilson.Recommend

  • maryam
    Feb 17, 2013 - 5:55AM

    If Mr. Hafiz offered to Shahrukh to go to Pakistan, can be good or bad, right or wrong, honest or intentionally, doesn’t matter, Islam is good or bad, doesn’t matter, if it’s good follow it, if not leave it, don’t offend any religion and any beliefe
    Millions and Millions love Shahrukh, if Persia was different as it is today, we would invite him to come in our country with his family all together, because he is loved in Persia and Persians love him A LOT , so , what’s wrong,
    Shahrukh you are always welcome around the world, and you know it better than me,
    GOD BLESS SHAHRUKH JAN , DOSEt DARIM MA, MAN KHEILI DOSET DARAM and miss you on facebook

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