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Finally, Fawad Khan speaks up, prays to build 'a peaceful world'

Even as the speculation over whether his film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, will release in theatres increases, the actor has spoken in support of unity between the two countries.

Mayur Lookhar

He has been the main target for right wing parties calling for a ban on Pakistani artistes, but Fawad Khan has all along maintained a mysterious and stoic silence. Not anymore, the actor has finally spoken up rejecting stories of him speaking against India and Indians, but more importantly, he spoke for peace.

The actor posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"I've been in Lahore since July as my wife and I had been expecting our second child. I've received numerous requests from the media and from well wishers worldwide asking me for my thoughts on the sad incidents that took place in the past few weeks. As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world. I believe we owe it to our children who will shape our tomorrow.

This is the first time I have spoken on the matter. Please disregard any other words attributed to me during this time because I have not said them. I thank all my fans and fellow artists from Pakistan, India and people in general all over the world who have shown continued support for their belief in love and understanding to unite a divisive world."

Khan's statement follows the condemnation of Uri attack by other Pakistani artistes such as Shafqat Amanat Ali and Mawra Hocane. Zee News reported Ali as saying, “I condemned the Uri terror attack, however, I don't know about others." He further added,"They may not have condemned the Uri terror attack because of the threat letter. As far as I know, Pakistani artistes' stand on terror is the same,”

With these Pakistani artistes speaking on terrorism, it remains to be seen whether Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Indian Motion Picture Pictures’ Association rethink their call to ban Pakistani artistes and technicians from working in India. 

Fawad Khan will next be seen in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which releases on 28 October.