With his comments sparking a war of words between India and Pakistan, actor Shah Rukh Khan attempted to put an end to the controversy on Tuesday.
"Being an Indian is an unconditional accepted truth of my life," the actor said in a statement. "I do not even understand the basis of this controversy… Nowhere does the article state or imply that I feel unsafe, troubled or disturbed in India... I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy."
SRK, in an interview to Outlook Turning Points magazine, had talked about being a Muslim in India, following which Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed said the actor was welcome to stay in Pakistan if he felt "insecure" in India.
On Tuesday, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said India should provide security to the actor, prompting a rebuke from Indian home secretary RK Singh.
"We are quite capable of looking after the security of our own citizens... let him (Malik) worry about the security of his own," Singh said.
India's political class joined Singh in slamming Malik. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said there was no need for Malik to "meddle in our internal affairs".
The Congress, too, condemned Malik's statement.
"Even when Pakistani artists come here, we provide security to them... Muslims are most safe in India," spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
In an statement issued on Tuesday night, SRK said his comments had been "twisted" out of context.
"Ironically the article I wrote (yes, it's written by me) was actually meant to reiterate that on some occasions, my being an Indian Muslim film star is misused by bigots and narrow minded people who have misplaced religious ideologies for small gains... and ironically, the same has happened through this article... once again."
"The reason for this primarily is... I think some of the people have not even read it and are reacting to comments of people, who in turn have also not read it. So I implore you all to first read it."
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