Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar on Friday said his comments on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks turned out to be “huge” during his recent visit to Pakistan, but being there, I had to set a few things straight. That’s why said this. Describing himself as someone who made comments of a “slightly controversial and sensitive nature” from the point of view of India, Akhtar said he was not afraid to speak his mind despite being in Pakistan.
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Akhtar, who was in Pakistan last week to attend a function organized in the memory of famous Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, said Pakistanis should not get angry when India talks about the 2008 terror attack.
The lyricist said during a program on ABP channel, “It has become a big thing. This is embarrassing for me. Now I feel that I should not laugh at this. When I came here, I felt like I had won the third world war. There were so many responses from the people as well as the media that I stopped picking up the phone. I was ashamed that I had shot such an arrow. I wanted to say these things. Should we keep quiet?
He said that he has now come to know that his comments have created a stir in Pakistan. Akhtar said, “I came to know that people there are abusing me. They are asking, why was he (Akhtar) given a visa? Now I will only remember what kind of place it was. In the country where I was born, where I live and where I will die, I have been talking such things which are somewhat controversial and sensitive in nature, then what was there for me to fear there (in Pakistan)? When there is no fear here, then why should I be afraid there?
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