‘Friendly advice’: Hafiz Saeed ‘advises’ Shahrukh Khan to move to Pakistan

Published: January 27, 2013

Says the Bollywood superstar is welcome here if he feels ‘unsafe’ in India.

LAHORE: 

The chief of a charity blamed by India for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has advised Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan to move to Pakistan if he feels “insecure” in India.

“Shahrukh will be welcome here,” Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) said during an  Express News programme Takrar. Hafiz Saeed’s invitation came in response to Shahrukh’s recent statements about life as a Muslim in India.

“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,” Shahrukh told Outlook Turning Points magazine in an interview.

India has blamed the JuD for masterminding the 2008 attacks on landmarks in its commercial hub which had killed over 160 people.

In Saturday’s interview, Hafiz Saeed demanded the United States take notice of a recent statement by the Indian home minister regarding Hindu terrorist camps in India. “The US should carry out drone attacks on these camps in India,” he said.

Talking about the nuclear warning issued by Indian authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir, Saeed said that in case of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, the former would have to distribute safety pamphlets in Delhi and Mumbai rather than Kashmir.

He denied New Delhi’s claims that he had visited the Line of Control (LoC), saying that the claims were intended to provide a smokescreen to Indian ceasefire violations. Regarding the recent ceasefire violations along the LoC, he said Indian forces carried out unprovoked attacks on Pakistani soldiers and then used false claims to counter Islamabad’s protests.

Commenting on the interim set-up before the upcoming elections in Pakistan, Saeed objected to Asma Jahangir’s inclusion on the list of candidates for caretaker prime minister and said “Pakistan is not a secular country”.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • Raja
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:23AM

    This man is talking as if he is interior minister, president and chief of army all bundled into one. Let us see if Saharukh Khan accepts his invitation. What to talk of Mr Khan, I bet i if Mr Saeed can convince even one Indian Muslim to move over to Pakistan. On the other hand, many Pakistani Muslims will move to India if Government of India makes the offer.

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  • AIH
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:28AM

    Hafiz Saeed was interviewed on an Express News program? Recommend

  • nandan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:28AM

    SRK should move over if he feels unsecure in India where he has grown from rags to riches.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:40AM

    At least in Pakistan Shah Rukh Khan shall be more safer than in India…..

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  • observer
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:41AM

    Just 2 questions

    A. Will Hafiz Saeed send his boys to escort SRK?

    B. And what happened to this one?

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/499043/shahrukh-khan-can-come-to-pakistan-if-he-does-not-feel-safe-in-india-hafiz-saeed/

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  • Indian
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:55AM

    SRK is a patriotic Indian..We love him. He won’t come to Pakistan to eat Hafiz Saed’s Lashkar e Biriyani.

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  • AK
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:56AM

    I think it is better not to comments on it …..

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  • Usman786
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:02PM

    Afghanistan would be abetter option for neglected muslim brother in India.

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  • Observer
    Jan 27, 2013 - 12:57PM

    Why is Hafeez Saeed offering this only to SRK? Hafeez has been shedding crocodile tears for all Indian Muslims. So why is he not offering all Indian Muslims to move to Pakistan? Oh, is it because he wants only the famous and rich Indian Muslims to move to Pakistan?

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  • Amit Shinkar
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:14PM

    My Best Actor SRK, if you feel like ‘Inadvertent Object’ of Indian politicians then why the HELL you make such a Nonsense statements which favors Pakistani people specially when the Indian common people are getting killed in the Pakistani terrorist attacks???

    After Mr. Amitabh Bachhan you are the only actor who has got all the potential and energy of acting… so make a very good use of it instead of wasting your time and energy over such a Stupid.. Dumb issues… WE are expecting next level of “SRK the BEST” not “SRK the Inadvertent Object”!!!

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  • Jan 27, 2013 - 1:19PM

    A totally unrequired and unwanted statement by a famous personality like shahrukh khan..He should have thought twice before commenting on sensitive issues. If he is so insecure then why for years he is staying here..why don’t he move himself and stay in any other country..No body here is going to tell him that please don’t go and stay in India only.

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  • Apoorva Bhardwaj
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:44PM

    Why only Shahrukh, Hafiz Saee Sahab should invite all 25 crores of them. We will love to miss them.

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  • sidra
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:45PM

    I think SRK should move to Pakistan.. We need people like him.

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  • FilmFestivals
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:49PM

    Without any reservation Shah Ruk Khan should opt for Saeed Hafiz’s advice. Yes Pakistan is very safe and best place on the planet earth.Recommend

  • FilmFestivals
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Hurry up Shah Ruk Khan! Finally you got a very safe place on the planet earth. See who is offering you shelter! Saeed Hafiz, all Muslims all over the world excluding Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh are not safe so why don’t you arrange safe places for them also?

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:05PM

    Please also take the following actors :

    John Abraham, Salman Khan, Abhishek bachvhan, Aishwarya Ai, Bipasha Basu, Farha Khan, Rohit Shetty, Devid Dhawan, Subhash Ghai, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Salman Khan’s brothers (in fact his entire family) and most importantly Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor.

    I will be ever ever grateful to Pakistan if they can save us these embarrassingly stupid Bollywood.

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  • muralidhar
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:05PM

    How did SRK became star , by love of all Indians to day he earned so much kind and cash just becuase he is indian . if he is wanted by Hafeez then leave all what he earned in India and let him become islamic terrorist,every one in the world knows about pakistan , you HAFEEZ better leavethe place where u are staying it is also india just go to history it least 700yrs .kashmir is a Hindu kingdom uare allowed to live but u have taken it by population the only route u know pakistan just lived as a begger with funds of US aid and to day with china abd u continue to beg the worldRecommend

  • P S Bharmal
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:14PM

    SRK is in number 3 position after Salman Khan and Amir Khan. So he feels insecure. No more reason.

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  • Mithyaa
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:23PM

    Saeed also said that Pakistan is not secular, and he is also against women empowerment (his comments just before the SRK comment). So what will he recommend for Gauri khan? shahrukh khan’s wife? she is a practicing hindu.

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  • indian
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:30PM

    SRK should learn how to comment in public……not like political parties to say ..i love only hindu ,,,,, or muslim . This is a country for every indian… not for a special people.
    Don’t play politics in name of religion.
    you r a indian ……………be like it …..

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  • Ali
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Send him to Afghanistan. We have had enough of migrants already.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Shah Rukh Khan, leave for Pakistan fast or Hafeez Saeed will send 10 more people to pick you up.

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  • Jan 27, 2013 - 3:08PM

    Why media give coverage to this man Hafiz Saeeed Ahamd. It’s the indian media who made him the hero. He is not a popular person. Many people in Pakistan don’t know his name. But this media on both sides not doing well. Please try not to create differences. Please people on both sides. Don’t listen to Shive Sina and Hafiz Saeed my apeal to both nations. If you people are true lover and patriotic , it won’t benefit any country. Can’t people discuss the poverty which is increasing on both sides and education facilities ……. You know better. Stop this hate. Please

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Please calm down my fellow Indian citizens. Sharukh is a Indian and he might be upset but he loves India. Please be with our own, I implore you to not detest him. If he feels that way then it is our duty to make him feel fine. India belongs to every Indian irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Please read discovery of India by Nehru , half knowledge is more dangerous than illiteracy. Srk is our icon like khanna sahib and amitabh and dilip kumar. When we say we are secular then please also learn to tolerate. We don’t want modi to ruin our republican India. Sat sri akal, rab rakha, cheerio. My humble advise to my fellow Indians. Jai hind also

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  • ali
    Jan 27, 2013 - 3:24PM

    thank God india got expose ….. what ever happend in india they blame pakistan now look them how they treat muslim there ….and they going dubai turkey and saudi arabia for job hindus

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  • observer
    Jan 27, 2013 - 4:02PM

    Mr Hafiz Saeed

    Will you send your boys to Mumbai to escort SRK to Pakistan? Or will Dawood Ibrahim arrange it?

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  • Muhajir
    Jan 27, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Mr.Hafiz Saeed should also mention the dark side of the story how the Muhajirs are treated in Pakistan .Shahrukh should know what hsi rank would be in Pakistan as a migrant muhajor from India .Donot fall for it .

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  • mateen
    Jan 27, 2013 - 4:38PM

    If Hafiz wants soft image for his terror organization better he request Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain to join Jamat Dawa. No one with balanced upper chamber(mind) would like to sit with brainless beasts Hafiz Sahib loves to bring in his fold, Amir Liaqat Hussain is not even that stupid. Thanks to deep state his demagogue has now set-up his emergency camps at prime locations of Lahore, we look for the day when Rescue 2211 will be dissolved or its control will be handed over to Hafiz Sahib.

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  • Truth detector
    Jan 27, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Arrogance by Indians is making Hafiz Saeed more relevant . He is on many talk shows these days. More people are listening to him. On some points he seems to be making sense as well.

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  • Jan 27, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Pakistani is a place where Prime Ministers are scared to come out, are jailed and rarely have much freedom; but UN SC blacklisted Terrorists move freely, give interviews, are left untouched by the Justice system and basically spread hate against Indians, US, Hindus, Christians and Jews… basically any one non-Muslim.

    PM of Pakistan must be thinking,”I wish I had so much clout and freedom as Hafiz Saeed”.Recommend

  • Jan 27, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Even if SRK comes to Pakistan he will be out of work.. Cinema industry and Arts in general is dead in Pakistan.

    Also, Mullah Saeed will probably not want SRK to encourage un-Islamic activities like Film.

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  • aalum husaain
    Jan 27, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Shahrukh can do wonders for pakistani film industry.oome help us.

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  • slaw
    Jan 27, 2013 - 5:47PM

    So!!! Hafez sayeed who had to pull a job to get out of Indian prison offers protection. I feel sad for my Pakistan brothers and sisters.

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  • Prakash
    Jan 27, 2013 - 5:59PM

    Hmmm……who is it that I can invite to migrate to India? Can’t think of anybody!
    Sorry Pakistan, but you need to make your own SRKs.Recommend

  • Insaan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 6:53PM

    @Clear Black Bag: “At least in Pakistan Shah Rukh Khan shall be more safer than in India…..”

    If he can survive target bombings in Karachi and terrorist attacks in mosques, shrines, markets and funerals. Even Benazir could not protect herself ….she was warned not to play with politics.

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  • Lone
    Jan 27, 2013 - 7:36PM

    We would gladly accept Katrina Kaif instead and would keep her close to our hearts and minds. In return India can have our smartest politician ever. We can live happily everafter.Recommend

  • pavan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 7:43PM

    on day when srk told these words people of pak more happy than their independence day.well may be it proves or gives a meaning to their existence.
    i personally dont think if srk leaves india bollywood gonna collapse.but its failure of secular india.
    i am interested to see what srk will reply to journos when asked on this episode.

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  • BHRASHTBHAJAN
    Jan 27, 2013 - 8:13PM

    @Mahtab Rasheed:

    Very rightly said Mr Mahtab Rashid. We appreciate your views and ideas. Peaceful coexistence should be first choice of patriot and religious people of both the Country.

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  • BHAMBHAM
    Jan 27, 2013 - 8:22PM

    @ali:

    You read other comments also! There is huge discount on applying for Pakistani VISA! Yes invite entire Muslim population to your Pakistan. They will be more safe and peaceful and will be enjoying the Jannat!! Come on all Muslim of India listen to “ali” and Hafiz Saeed and apply for VISA to settle in Pakistan! (But be sure you will not apply for reversing the idea!) Better take our Foreign Minister Salman Khursheed also! He need more security than anybody else. There is big sale offer also! Apply for one VISA and you can carry two at free of cost!!!

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  • ali
    Jan 27, 2013 - 9:06PM

    these days all hindu actors are action heros they do not have any acting skills. look at shahrukh he seems to be true actor that one can compare with amitabh

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  • aa
    Jan 27, 2013 - 9:58PM

    And while Hafiz was giving this statement, a number of Christians, Shias, Ahmadis, Hindus, Mohajirs and even Sunnis migrated to India looking for better and safer lives for their loved ones.

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:52PM

    Calm down fellow Indians, sharukh is a Indian.please don’t abuse our own. He is our icon. Satsriakal.

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jan 27, 2013 - 11:57PM

    Sharukh is an Indian , our pride our jaan, india is his country and it is his motherland. We stand by him.

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  • Indian
    Jan 28, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Waiting for SRK reply. India made him a superstar. W love him without looking he is a Hindu or Muslim like we love other actors like salman or amir. Believe it or not, muslims get same amount of respect and consideration like any other religion in our country, Though we have lot of religions and casts, we are united and proud of it. I am sure SRK will reply to these jerks if he is a true patriotic Indian.

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  • indian
    Jan 28, 2013 - 4:35PM

    only one word …. LOL

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  • Jan 28, 2013 - 10:02PM

    @Rajah:
    this man is a liar opportunist how he do not know lots of Pakistani old men and women are being held in India by the emigration, after themselves tempering their visa documents and accusing those illiterate poor people and putting them behind bars for years,he claims to be a true religious man but loves film stars calls him self ameer mujaheddin saying he is fighting for Kashmir on the other denies even ever been there what to believe Our Nabi Salat O Slam On him said a mo min never lies and Allah Ta la has cursed liars.

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  • ali
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:04PM

    Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde is the most honest person in India. To Indians he may not be honest but for us he is the real Man of dignity. Sir please keep on speaking the truth. we need man like you. Thanks

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:55PM

    @ali:
    I agree, the politician is speaking sense. All of India is not Bombay,east India is anti modi, our Muslim brethren are our own. Bop or rss , we give a damn. Satyameye jayete. I follow gandhi and Nehru. It has become a habbit to abouse our founders.I implore fellow Indians to to not to think like it.India is our motherland, we are all its daughters and sons. Please make her feel proud. We have a 5000 years history, live like kings and queens, my message to Indian Muslims ,Hindu , Sikh. , parsi,,Christian,. We are all Indians.

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  • kallu
    Jan 29, 2013 - 9:34AM

    Please…
    Hafiz invite many others too. There are few patriots from your country in Hyderabad
    Send your invitation to them also. In a way its good for both the countries
    there will be peace. Grass is greener on other side
    Let them enjoy the green pastures in your Country.Hope this invitation is recieved and
    others too follow our great icon.

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  • rennymathew
    Jan 29, 2013 - 7:06PM

    @Clear Black Bag: dude in pakistan even pakistani are not safe,ur interior minister doesnt come out and talk when people die of drone and terrorist attacks ,but all of sudden he wants safety of celebrity in india,shame on u guys

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  • ali
    Feb 1, 2013 - 9:50AM

    @Prabhjyot Singh Madan: You are right Mr Madan. I agree. you see just like Indian people we also feel proud to be called pakistani. Pakistan is the state where we can live freely and be proud of our own culture, heritage, traditions,heroes and spent our lives according to Islam without any fear. It is true that now days we are going through many ups and downs but every nation faces such ups and downs and it takes time as well. My request to all Pakistani please follow the honesty, integrity, and bravery of Quaid Azam as he once said ” think thousand times but when decided then stick to it as a one man.

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