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Javed Akhtar accuses Pakistan of terrorism in India in Lahore event

His statements are reverberating in India. Indian media and internet users are praising Javed Akhtar for his outburst against Pakistan while attending the event in Lahore.

Indian lyricist, screenwriter, and poet Javed Akhtar accuses Pakistan of harboring terrorism in India during the Faiz Festival in Lahore. Akhtar was visiting Pakistan for Faiz Festival after five years.

Responding to a question, he recalled the Mumbai Attack and said that the terrorists of the Mumbai Attack are roaming freely in Pakistan. His statements are reverberating in India. Indian media and internet users are praising Javed Akhtar for his outburst against Pakistan while sitting in the same country.

Javed Akhtar said, “We saw how Mumbai was attacked… They (the terrorists) are still roaming freely in your country.” He also said that Pakistan never held any event for Lata Mangeshkar despite India organizing big events for Pakistani artists Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Mehdi Hasan.

The man in the audience had reportedly asked if he will tell the people of India that the people of Pakistan are good after returning to his country. To which he said, “Let us not blame each other. That won’t solve the issues. We saw how Mumbai was attacked. They (terrorists) came neither from Norway nor from Egypt. They are still roaming freely in your country. Indians have complained against it.”

“We hosted big events for Nusrat and Mehdi Hasan but no performance of Lata Mangeshkar was ever organized in your country,” he added.

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The video of the conversation is making rounds on social media. A large number of social media users in Pakistan have expressed disappointment and angst over the remarks of Javed Akhtar while attending a literary event in Pakistan. Users remarked that Pakistan gave a warm welcome to Javed Akhtar.

Singer Ali Zafar hosted a gathering in his honor at his home that was attended by various Pakistani artists, singers, and actors. Videos from the gathering circulated on social media.

Here is how Pakistani users reacted to his statements.

“Javed Akhtar in Lahore, complaining in front of a crowd who still kept on cheering for him despite such allegations. This could only happen in Pakistan where people’s hearts are as big as anything. Imagine a Pakistani in India and doing the same there!” said one Twitter user.

Reacting to his statement, Pakistani journalist Raja Faisal said: “Javed Akhtar in Lahore, complaining in front of a crowd who still kept on cheering for him despite such allegations. This could only happen in Pakistan where people’s hearts are as big as anything. Imagine a Pakistani in India and doing the same there,” while talking with Indian media.