Indian writer Javed Akhtar has been a constant critic of Pakistan and its government. The author’s recent visit to Lahore for the 7th Faiz Festival created a stir on social media.
Apart from declaring his love for the famous Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz and respecting all languages, his contradictory statements about the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack moving freely in Pakistan have angered the many. However, this is not the first time that the commentator has expressed derogatory views against Pakistan.
Javed Akhtar on Uri Attacks
In 2016, Akhtar told Right now the silence of Pakistani people in the attack of Uri because they feel that Pakistan is responsible for that attack. Speaking to Times Now, the 78-year-old artist said, “Their silence is a kind of declaration from Pakistanis that they are responsible for Pakistan. This is the least they (artists) can do. movies).
He added, “If Pakistan says ‘we are not responsible for it (the Uri attack)’, I don’t see any reason why it should not be condemned by Pakistani artist or any Pakistani citizen to Uri and this kind of terrorist attack. Because they say that we are not responsible for him, he is beautiful, come out and punish! Any Pakistani who is silent about it, is confirming our statement that indeed Pakistan is responsible.”
On Pulwama Attack
In 2019, Akhtar and his wife, the famous Indian actress Shabana Azmi, were supposed to attend an event organized in memory of poet Kaifi Azmi by the Arts Council, which was canceled after the Pulwama attack. . At that time, Akhtar took to social media to announce his decision to quit the festival.
He tweeted, “Karachi Art Council invited Shabana and me for a two-day book conference on Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have canceled that. In 1965 during the Indo- Pak, Kaifi saheb wrote a poem, Aur Phir Krishna Ne Arjun Se Kaha’.”
It was invited by the arts council of Krachi. Shabana and I for a two-day window conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have canceled that. In 1965 during the Indo Pak war Kaifi saheb wrote a poem. ” AUR PHIR KRISHAN NE ARJUN SE KAHA “
— Javed Akhtar (Alabi NewsJavedakhtarjadu) February 15, 2019
He also criticized former Prime Minister Imran Khan for denying responsibility for the attack. Akhtar tweeted, “Imran has bowled a no-ball. Every time they ask what do you think is ours? After the Mumbai attack, an anchor asked Pakistani TV why are you sure it’s Pakistan; it could be any country. I said well, I’ll give you three [countries], you choose one. Brazil, Sweden and Pakistan.”
Imran has bowled a no ball .Every time they ask us what do you think we did . After the mumbai terrorist attack, a tv anchor asked why are you sure that pakistan can be any country i said ok i will give you the 3 you choose one .Brazil, Sweden and Pakistan.
— Javed Akhtar (Alabi NewsJavedakhtarjadu) February 19, 2019
Akhtar on 26/11 Mumbai attacks
Akhtar has been vocal about his views against the Pakistani Government, over the years, on his social media and tweeted many times about various things. Recently, the Hey Sarah The singer said that India has done a lot for Pakistani artists, like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Mehdi Hassan, but Pakistan has never hosted Lata Mangeshkar. The audience applauded his statement.
He also said that they should not blame each other. He continued: “It doesn’t solve problems. The ongoing political violence should be cooled down. I am from Mumbai and all of us witnessed the attack in the city. The attackers are not from Norway, or from Egypt. They are still in your country, so you should not be angry if an Indian complains about this.”
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