Artiste manhandled in India returns home
KARACHI, Jan 15: Comedian Shakeel Siddiqui returned to Karachi on Thursday after he was reportedly manhandled by a group of Hindu extremists in Mumbai the other day.
He had gone to India on January 12 to participate in a television programme there. During the programme’s recording on Wednesday, a group of Hindu extremists forcibly entered the studios and threatened him of dire consequences if he did not leave India within a week.
Upon his arrival in Karachi, Mr Siddiqui told Dawn that he opted to come back because he had completed his work. He said he was given security after the incident till his departure from the airport. He said most of the Indians had condemned the incident. “We are ambassadors of peace and such extremists cannot stop us from spreading the message of love between the people of India and Pakistan,” he added.
The comedian was also in Mumbai on November 26 and was asked to leave India soon after the terror attacks. He said that this time round the Indians had assured him that he would be provided security and, therefore, he went to Mumbai to complete the remainder of his work.