After announcing financial help for the families of soldiers who died in the recent militant attack that triggered rising tension between India and Pakistan, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar broke his silence on the ban on Pakistani artistes Thursday. In a video that he shared on Facebook, he talks about the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Uri attack on September 18.
“Today I am not talking as a star or a celebrity; I am taking as a son of an army man. For the past few days, people have been debating and arguing and asking for proof about surgical strikes, few are demanding ban on artistes, while a few fear that there might be a war.”
Akshay has now condemned such debates in his video: “Arey sharam karo…these debates can happen later, first realise that people have already lost their lives at the border. 19 jawans died during the attack and a 24-year-old jawan Nitin Yadav died in Baramulla. Are their families, or the families of our thousands of jawans, worried whether a film will release or not? Whether an artiste will be banned? No. They are worried about their future,” he said.
Something which has been on my mind since the past few days and I just had to say it. Not intending to offend anyone…so here goes pic.twitter.com/ASaLwobWgu
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 6, 2016
Proud of the Indian Army for successfully carrying out the anti-terrorism operation.Glad the Government took this bold step,was about time!
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 29, 2016
The actor went on to say we are because of them and India exists because of them.“And our concern should be to ensure that their present and future is better. I am, because they are, you are, because they are and if they are not there, then India won’t exist. Jai Hind.”