Mumbai: The Samajwadi Party (SP) today challenged Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) by asking it to send “suicide bombers” to take revenge from Pakistan for the Uri terror strike.
The SP reaction came a day after MNS issued a 48-hour ultimatum to all Pakistani artistes to leave India or face their heat.
Maharashtra SP President Abu Asim Azmi, taking strong offense at the threats and said instead of threatening Pakistani artistes who were staying or working here legally, the MNS President Raj Thackeray must show guts and send his suicide bombers to Pakistan.
Azmi told media persons, “Raj Thackeray is a very small leader with influence only in Maharashtra. He has no need to speak about Pakistan. Pakistan sends its suicide squads to India… If he is so angry, then he should send his own suicide squads to Pakistan for revenge.”
If he cannot do that, then at least send MNS activists to tackle the Maoists in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur to end the violence there, the SP chief added sarcastically.
His reaction came to the MNS’ statement on Friday asking all Pakistani film or teleserial artistes and singers to leave India within 48 hours, or by Sunday, failing which they could face consequences.
Among the Pakistani actors and singers known to be based in Mumbai or frequenting the city are Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Salman Ahmad, Mahira Khan and Ali Azmat.
The party also warned they would not permit the release of any Bollywood films having Pakistani actors, including the upcoming “Aye Dil Hai Muskhil” and “Raees”.
He added, the MNS order would also apply to sports persons and singers.