The actor and politician also referred to Pakistani-occupied Kashmir as “Azad Kashmir” while speaking at an event in Chennai.
Kamal Haasan asks for a plebiscite in Kashmir, then says that his words were taken out of context Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan.
The actor who became politician Kamal Haasan was at the center of a controversy after he asked him on Sunday why India feared holding a plebiscite in Kashmir and referred to Pakistani-occupied Kashmir as “Azad Kashmir” while speaking in a event, Times Now reported
Haasan made the statement when asked about the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 members of the Central Reserve Police. However, he later claimed that his comments were taken out of context. “I really regret when people say that Army men are going to die in Kashmir,” he said at an event in Chennai. “The army itself is an old-fashioned thing. As the world changed, how we decided that humans will not kill each other for food, it will also be time to stop fighting. “Haasan founded the Makkal Needhi Maiam party in Tamil Nadu.
Haasan said that no soldier would die if politicians in India and Pakistan “behave correctly.” “The control line will be under control,” he said, according to ANI.
Haasan remembered that he had written about the future of Kashmir when he was running a magazine, Maiyam. “I cry this day because I predict that this is what will happen, unfortunately, I should have predicted something else,” Haasan said. “Hold the plebiscite and make people talk … why have not they done it [India]? What are you afraid of? They want to divide the nation that is everything. Why do not you ask them again? They will not do it. Now [Kashmir] belongs to India, the same situation prevails across the border. ”
Haasan said pictures of jihadists were placed on trains to portray them as heroes in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir, referring to this as “Azad Kashmir.” “That’s also nonsense,” he said. “India also behaves with the same amount of nonsense, it’s not fair.If we want to prove that India is a much better country, then we should not behave like that.There politics begins, there begins the new political culture.”
Haasan’s party issues clarifications
Kamal Haasan’s party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, issued a clarification Monday saying his words were taken out of context. “The references made in the Times Now report were mentioned by the president of our party in the context of a magazine article published three decades ago about an option that is available at a historical moment,” the statement said. “This is no longer relevant and in no way is it an indication of his position or the position of his party today.”
The statement said that the party believed that all Kashmir is an integral part of India. “Our president and our party stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces in this hour of pain.”
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