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Salman Khan backs Indian Army strike & Pak artistes

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NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan says TV and film artistes from Pakistan should not be treated like terrorists and art and terrorism should not be mixed.

"Pakistani artistes are just artistes and not terrorists. Terrorism and art are two different subjects. They come with proper visa and the government gives them a work permit." A PTI report quotes Salman as saying when asked about his take on banning the actors from Pakistan.

Salman said the action (surgical strike) taken by the Indian Army is proper as it was against terrorism, but he would prefer to have a situation of peace and harmony.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution Friday to ban Pakistani actors from the industry in the wake of the Uri attack.

The resolution came after Indian Army announced that seven terror launch pads were targeted across the border in Pakistan by special forces during a 'surgical strike'.

"Ideal situation should have been that of peace. But, now a reaction to an action has happened. It was a proper action as they were terrorists. But still in this day and age, I think if we lived in peace and harmony it would have been better for everyone and especially for common people," Khan said while speaking at the launch of his jewellery range for Being Human, the PTI report stated.

Last week, Raj Thackeray-led MNS issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan, who is part of one of the productions under Salman's banner, and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be "pushed out".

Recently concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam, scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon, respectively were also cancelled.

Media moghul and Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra’s Zee group also took a decision recently to take off the air all Pakistani TV serials f rom its channel Zindagi, which was originally started to promote peace and brotherhood between the two countries.

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