The Governor of Manipur, Najma Heptulla slammed the Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif for his comments about Salman Khan’s arrest. Asif had alleged that Salman was sentenced to jail just because he belongs to the Muslim community. Heptulla said that Pakistan government should be concerned about their own problems and not about India’s internal matters.
“Salman has been sentenced because he’s a minority,” the Pakistani foreign minister had said during a live program on geo news. “Maybe if he belonged to the religion of the ruling party of India he would not have been given such a harsh sentence and the court might have been lenient with him,” Asif added.
Reacting to the comment Heptulla told newsmen at Raj Bhavan on Friday that in this country, individuals irrespective of religion, caste and creed, are punished on the basis of the crimes committed by them and there is no segregation based on “minority” or “majority” as claimed by the Pakistan minister. If the actor made a mistake, he has to pay the price, Heptulla added. “India has her own Constitution, laws and can solve its own problem,” she was quoted saying.
India has not interfered into the affairs of the neighbouring country, she said adding that Pak should concern itself with its own problems and not bother with the internal affairs of India. “Pak has no right to interfere in the country’s internal affairs. We can take care of our problems and we have proper Constitution and laws,” Heptulla said.
Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in jail and fined Rs 10,000 by a Jodhpur court in connection with the killing of two blackbucks near Jodhpur in October 1998, while he and a group of other actors were in Rajasthan for the shooting of the film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.
(With inputs from agencies)