Moin Akhtar’s family says no to Tussauds?

Published: October 13, 2011
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Considering Akhtar’s extensive contribution to performing arts, museum contacts his family to include his statue. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Considering Akhtar’s extensive contribution to performing arts, museum contacts his family to include his statue. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

While it has been reported that Madame Tussauds museum wants to house a wax statue of legendary Pakistani actor Moin Akhtar as part of its collection, other news agencies have termed these reports as false, saying that the museum never contacted the actor’s family in this regard.

Akhtar, who devoted 44 years of his life to entertaining audiences and promoting arts in Pakistan, was one of the most beloved comics and actors ever to grace the stage and television screens in the country and passed away at the age of 60 this year. According to news reports, the museum has taken note of his contribution and contacted his family to communicate their interest to include his statue at Madame Tussauds.

Mansoor Akhtar, son of the late actor, confirmed to The Express Tribune that while he did receive a call from an international organisation asking his permission, he was not sure if it was authentic or not. Nevertheless, he declined the offer stating that he does not approve of it. “While I am not sure if the call was genuine, I was overwhelmed when I received it as it is a huge honour as the museum houses wax figures of many of the world most renowned celebrities. However, making statues is forbidden in Islam so I rejected the offer due to religious reasons.”

The renowned museum houses wax statues of historical and royal figures, politicians, film and TV celebrities and sports stars.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2011.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 3:49PM

    Thats nice to hear.

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Indeed an honor for a true legend!

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  • Parvez
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:52PM

    He absolutely deserves this honour.Recommend

  • fan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:54PM

    truly well deserved!!!

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  • Fasih Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:58PM

    Great Man, he was : (

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  • Maher
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Very well deserved….Recommend

  • Samar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:11PM

    This is a moment of pride for the nation.

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  • hammad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:13PM

    even after his demise, he is still making Pakistanis proud…!!

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  • Junaid Naseer Faroqui
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:13PM

    Worth it!

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  • Saad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:19PM

    That’s great news!

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 4:21PM

    whereas we are ignoring arts in Pakistan…

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  • Fizza Muazzam
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:21PM

    what an actor..!!… what a human being !!… his contribution to the pakistani arts is admirable.. i am gr8 fan oh his drama “rozi”…besides him… rahat kazmi deserves the same respect…

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  • aisha
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:24PM
  • Word Life
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:29PM

    Sir, you made us proud while you were alive. You brought laurels for Pakistan after you passed away

    We are proud of you. May ALLAH ALMIGHTY bless you

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:33PM

    Hurray!

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  • Akht
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Request to his family please avoid this worthless activity bc he swithed his inner matter and put it in a truth way ……….

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  • Fizza Muazzam
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:34PM

    moin akhtar has been a mentor and a legend for ppl who have seen him thru his acting..!!.. even if they didnt put his wax in dat meusum…. dat is and will alwayz be d fact that moin akhtar was one of the finest actors on this planet… one cannot deny it after u have been thru all his work and efforts..!!

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  • Samar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:35PM

    After reading depressing blogs on the state of affairs of Pakistan, this piece of news has made my day!

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  • Naz Ebr
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:44PM

    A true waxing-honour for all of us.

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  • sara
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:46PM

    this story says that the family has been contacted
    moin akhtar’s son was just talking to a news channel and he clearly said that they’ve not been contacted as yet.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Befitting tribute!

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  • Observer
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:50PM

    Moin Akhter was truly a legendary actor. His verstality, creativity and adaptablity were indeed remarkable. An innate decency always remained enshrined in his performances. This factor is very difficult to find in many top comedy artists of our times. Inclusion in the Tussauds wax museum is a befitting honour.

    He deserves similar recognition in Pakistan also.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Fantastic news !!! We are proud of him and will miss him always…

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  • Dak
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:59PM

    His family has declined the request … a legendary actor and a human par excellence … May Allah bless his soul …

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  • Tahir Shah
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:05PM

    Great News for the Great Person…
    GOD Bless him…Akhtar.

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  • Shahrukh kazmi
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:19PM

    Sir Salute!

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  • mannish
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:57PM

    Wax statues at Madam Tussaud are made life like. How can they make his statue if he has passed away. Seriously this seems like a fake news.Recommend

  • MAD
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Moin Akhtar had become quite close top religion in the lastd ecade or so. I dont think he would have agreed to it if he were alive and consequently I suppose the family’s line should be the same.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 6:27PM

    This news is not correct and is a fabrication

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  • S Nasar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Great news. What an honour!

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  • Afshan mirza
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:39PM

    According to Newsweek Pakistan, it’s not true.
    To quote from their facebook page:
    ‘Pakistani media reports are wrong. Madame Tussauds is not “creating a wax figure of Moin Akhtar,” Tussauds’ Liz Edwards told us on email. “This story is a total fabrication I’m afraid, we haven’t requested to make a figure,” she said.’Recommend

  • rehmat
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Do not see it reported elsewhere. Could it be fake news?

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  • Fighter
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:46PM

    This is what i been saying all along, that India may have Bollywood movies with mediocre acting and scripts. But we in Pakistan have few but really talented people who have produced world class films and now being honored as stated in the article.

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  • Irfan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:56PM

    He was Legend Artist.Whole Pakistan is proud of him.

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  • From Grave
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:57PM

    Pray for forgiveness and peace also please

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  • Adeel
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:10PM

    That would be very befitting…he was definitely better than the likes of salman khan et al who have their wax statues at Madame tussauds.

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  • MK
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:14PM

    @mannish:

    This news was not authenticated so may well be fake, But I saw statues of Napoleon’s, Queen Vitoria’s and many other personalities from the past at Madame Tassauds. In this day of modern technology it is possible to make statues without people being there.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:40PM

    I find this news unlikely. The museum only has wax figures of British or global personalities. That is why Benazir Bhutto is in the museum.

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  • ayesha
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:28PM

    Aamir,

    Your suspicion has proved correct. Madame Tussaud’s have confirmed via email to Newsweek pakistan that this information is false. Sadly all Pakistani newsreporters published this without confirming the source.

    By the way, it is not true that they only put British or global people are put. Many Bollywood stars are there e.g. Amitabh Bacchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan and recently Hrithik Roshan has also been requested and accepted.

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  • ayesha
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:30PM

    @hammad:
    “even after his demise, he is still making Pakistanis proud…!!”

    He is a legendary figure no doubt. But this news is fake. SO by the fact that most Pakistani newspapers published the news without checking authenticity of source shows Pak media in a poor light.

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  • boot parasti?
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:34PM

    All those people thrilled at the news, what happened to the fact that Islam forbids boot parasti?

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  • Babar F.
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:28PM

    I’m not an Atheist but please give me a break for God sake__”Buthe Prasti”. It’s not just “Idol Worshiping” remember, where we are coming from there is no recognition of any “Non-Religious” service by rewards, honors, medals, celebrations, photographs, books, festivals what-so-ever.

    If another nation recognize our hero we should be “proud” not “depressed” or “mad”. Besides Moin Akhtar there are recognition slates & statues in dozens of countries for Ibn-e-Sina, Ibn-Khuldoom, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Illama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam to name a few. Point to note is: Most our scientist & inventors in history were running for their life from Muslims clerics & their “Kufr-ka-Fatwas”. They actually were seeking protection in non-Muslim lands like India & Turkey at that time. That’s why in our country people are not used to appreciate or recognize any “non-religious” service or person without running a chance of being ridiculed by believers or their clerics. Read your religious history & you can predict your future too.

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  • Omar Mansoor
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:59PM

    Moin Akhtar is legendary, theres no doubt. But why the offer is being rejected by Mansoor! The world is honouring your father. Let the world know he was a Pakistani hero! Theyre not making his sculpture so it can be worshipped. There are people who never met Moin Akhtar & would like to see what he looked like.Your father was on tv. He was photographed a million times. This is a misconception. Islam does not forbid you to do any of this. Recommend

  • saima
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:12PM

    15 years back it was Mr M. Ali Jinnah’s statue at Madame Tussadus, which was replaced with the goverment of that time’s influence with BB’s statue… Sad

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  • Saad Durrani
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:36PM

    If I am not wrong, being on TV is also “forbidden.” The son needs to realize that no one is worship his great father for worldly possessions.

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  • boot parasti
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:37AM

    @Babar F.:
    “If another nation recognize our hero we should be “proud” not “depressed” “

    I totally agree with you. I was being sarcastic about people who are very selectively Islamic. They applaud kiling of Taseer because he asked for implementation of a man-made law to be reviewied, they support the hitting of school girls in uniforms (salwar kameez and dpatta) because they did not have a hijaab, they support calling a 8th grade girl a blasphemer because she misspelt naat. But when it suits them they ignore the injuncions.

    Islam itself recommends that people do not unquestioingly do things and supports ejtihaad. Of course if the news was true (which it is not), this would have been an honor for Pakistan. But I was trying to get people to see how inconsistently they are behaving. Also how there can be different interpretations of Islam, so we should be careful what we are asking for when we call for implementation of sharia -because question is whose interpretation.

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  • ayesha
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:44AM

    @saima:
    “15 years back it was Mr M. Ali Jinnah’s statue at Madame Tussadus, which was replaced with the goverment of that time’s influence with BB’s statue… Sad”

    What do you mean Jinah’s statue was replaced by BB’s. There is o limit on how many people from one country can be in the musuem. Even if Pakistan government recommended BB’s statue be put there – there would be no reason for them to ask for Jinah’s statue to e replaced.

    Secodly Madame Tussaud’s is a private organization. GOvernments cannot influence whose statues are put or else every tinpot dictator in the world would clamour to have his statue put there.

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  • Tilsim
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Last time I visited Madam Tussaud’s I saw hordes of tourists, wide eyed, munching on crisps as they stared at the exhibits. A fair few Indians were there too, I might add. I did n’t see any worshipping or but parasti going on! Perhaps I missed something.

    A Moin Akhter’s statue standing next to J Lo would have been a nice touch. I am sure he would have enjoyed the humour in it. It’s a shame this all turned out to be a hoax. The laugh’s in fact on all of us taken in by a practical joke.

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  • Baluch
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:03AM

    WTF, why drag religion into every matter? When Pakistan will be a secular country?
    I am sure the museum authorities would be laughing on such things and regretting that why they bother to call.

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  • xzy
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:35AM

    Mr. Mansoor Akhtar should know that ‘making’ statues is NOT forbidden in Islam, ‘praying’ to statues is! There is a clear distinction between the two.
    No wonder there are no public statues of Quaid e azam, with the prevalence of such a mentality.
    Recently had the chance to visit Pakistan Monument ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_Monument ). Thank God no photography is allowed inside it’s museum, where I saw some of the most life like statues of the founder of Pakistan and other local historical figures. They wouldn’t last long if word got outside.

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  • MBN
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Making statues is forbidden in islam. Making human figures is forbidden in islam. blah blah blah.

    and some of the most beautiful miniature paintings come from Islamic cultures.

    I wish i could go in time and make sure these retarded deobandis and wahabis were never born.

    Moin Akhtar was a legend who deserves this place of honor not just because he was Pakistani actor and entertainer, but because he was a performer par excellence.

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  • M.A.S
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:55AM

    Worshipping statues or any form of item being idolised in forbidden.

    THE STATUE MUST BE WAXED OUT FOR THIS TRUE LEGEND!Recommend

  • Truth Seeker
    Oct 14, 2011 - 4:53AM

    Moin Akhtar was an iconic Pakistani legend; but alas! as usual in the land of the pure, religion comes to the rescue of ‘false claim’ of fame.

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  • asad
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:23AM

    against islam??? would being an actor also be against islam …his son sounds rather silly…no one is going to worship him he will simply be appreciated

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  • Aamir Mallik
    Oct 14, 2011 - 7:45AM

    I think this site is ultra new age .There is divergence of opinion between who like statue and equally valid rights who don’t care respect or honor any statues .

    Those who are given the rights and asked for permission its honest to make your point by saying yes or know Who are ‘rational reasonable logical liberal’ to question there judgement No body owes a reason explanation for faith .Each person has individual believes which collectively lumped together as “muslim” becomes part of ‘your’ believes .It is not

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  • from india
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:49AM

    clearly remember those audio cassetes which came out in the 80’s . Was a great artist and an inspiration for many of the new artists in India also. Salute!

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  • Raj
    Oct 14, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Prank Call..here is the official web site, there is no mention of Mehroom Moin Akhtar Saab, my favourite comedian from Pakistan. Please let him RIP
    http://www.madametussauds.com/London/Default.aspx

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  • Raj
    Oct 14, 2011 - 9:32AM
  • STY
    Oct 14, 2011 - 10:50AM

    how about placing a statue of legendary singer Nur Jehan. After all, her contribution to pakistani music is classic.

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  • Aadersh
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:31PM

    We r proud of our legendary actor…May Allah bless his soul..

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  • Munazza Sami
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:40PM

    @Babar F.:
    what so ever.
    making pictures, statues of living things are not allowed in Islam.
    First you should go through the hadith. secondly, if some one makes statues of Allama Iqbal or etc etc so they will be punish on the judgment day.

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 2:58PM

    “However, making statues is forbidden
    in Islam so I rejected the offer due
    to religious reasons.”

    what kind of idiot is this guy. None was going to visit Madame Tussauds and bow/prostrate before Moin Akhtar. And then they say, we are discriminated against and not well represented. Recommend

  • Antanu
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:26PM

    @mannish:
    read the facts first. Statues of pesonilities have been made after their death and adore the musium. Further we have in I dia statues of bhagwans? Be sensible in this scientific age. Moin was an actor. His persona is still alive to copy

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  • Antanu
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:36PM

    @xzy:
    yes making of statue is not allowed in Islamm get ur records straight. But for God”s sake dont make it an issue. Ststue making and butparasto are different

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  • xzy
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:57PM

    @Munazza Sami: You say taking pictures of living things is not allowed in Islam??
    The I hope you didn’t let your picture get snapped by the people at NADRA office for your CNIC.
    And good luck going for Haj/Umrrah without getting your picture taken for your passport.
    As you said taking pictures of living things is not allowed in Islam, right?

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  • Hatim
    Oct 14, 2011 - 7:46PM

    http://www.facebook.com/newsweekpakistan

    According to Newsweek Pakistan, these reports are false. ET is turning into a Tabloid.

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  • bashir
    Oct 15, 2011 - 10:31AM

    @boot parasti?:
    Mr Boot. Please do not bring religion in every thing . The govt should name some important road as MOIN AKHTAR ROAD

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  • Siddiqi
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:12AM

    I don’t buy this news at all.Moin Akhtar was funny but not Tussaud’s level.A self serving rumour picked up by a naive local press.Noor Jehan or Mehdi Hasan would far more fit the standard and any news of such a nature would have been far more credible.

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  • qmannie29
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:31AM

    he was a great legend!

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  • faisal
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Great man. True Pakistani. Super talented. Special soul.

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  • Babar F.
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Just like an stray-bullet or a word becomes flash-point of a major war, so was this prank-call some twisted person made to get paid for a fake promise of a Statue or something to a popular Celebrity or Actor. See, there is no real question required to start a long fruitful debate session. But its always good for the mind in the end. I say, be careful of such phone calls & promises.

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  • qala khan kharoti
    Oct 18, 2011 - 10:54AM

    dear mansoor akhtar sahib one should be mindful of the fact that our life does not end with one’s demise, by God we all will die and the Almighty shall inquire about our deeds. if the holy Prophet PBUH has himself prohibited against making any statue then there should not be two opinions regarding the issue, as we are Muslims. Recommend

  • Ahmed Najeeb
    Oct 18, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Hellloo its a HOAX guys. Wake up as much as we all loved him his popularity was limited mainly within Pakistan and among expats.

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Indeed an honor for a true legend! but Moin Akhter’s family is not up to accept this honor as “making STATUES is forbidden in Islam”. Apparently we are living in this hi-tech world but for some insane reasons our brains are still stuck in the stone age.

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  • Faraz
    Oct 21, 2011 - 9:25AM

    Why drag religion into everything?
    We drag religion into everything because we are commanded by Allah (S.W.T.) to not be involved into anything that displeases him, otherwise it’s our loss. It’s as simple as that. You may not worship the statue, but you can’t guarantee zero probability of others idolizing it in future.

    If you have a problem with that, then I’d humbly request you to at least respect our beliefs and wish Mansoor Akhtar and his family members a better life, rather than spewing hate on this forum.

    And for those who are truly concerned about the image of Pakistan, and are wishing to have many wax statues of Pakistanis approved in some museum to gain respect from the international communities, I have one simple message for you all: Stop being lazy and start earning “that respect” by yourselves by fixing your own and your loved one’s mistakes!

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  • nabeel
    Oct 21, 2011 - 6:48PM

    MOIN AKHTER ia a legend of PAKISTAN persons like him once in a time no body can ful fil his place not in our hearts and not in television industry.may ALLAH BLESS HIS SOUL AMEEEN

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  • Saqib
    Oct 26, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Piece of advice to people who are making this into some sort of religious discussion. You claim to be very enlightened and liberals. Then why cant you accept the wishes of his family?. It is their view that our religion does not allow making of statues. So why dont you just control your urge to blast away and instead respect their decision?. I think very few people would want to ruin their afterlife due to some statue, its simply not worth taking the risk.

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  • Majid Urrehman
    Nov 1, 2011 - 3:17AM

    Mansoor, God bless you. You have proved that you are son of Moin Akhtar. Bravo!

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