The recent terror attack that struck Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district has created massive ripples that can be felt in all spheres of life. In the aftermath of the attack by terror group Jaish-E-Mohammed, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar called off their visit to Karachi for the centenary celebrations of Shabana's father, late poet Kaifi Azmi. Politician and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is a part of The Kapil Sharma Show, also faced strong backlash after he said no particular country could be blamed for terror attacks. Host Kapil Sharma though was quick to condemn the attack on Twitter.
Various media outlets reported that Sony TV, the channel that broadcasts the hit show, had dropped Sidhu from the show after his comments earned outrage all across the internet. However, Sidhu says he is unaware of being dropped from the show and missed shooting two episodes since he had to attend a Vidhan Sabha session.
"I had to attend Vidhan Sabha’s session due to which I couldn’t go for the shoots of The Kapil Sharma Show and they got somebody else in my replacement for two episodes. I have no intimation about my termination from the channel," he told Hindustan Times.
Aware of the reactions his comments had irked, Sidhu later addressed the media and said he would stick to his statement, today and tomorrow.
“Nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists. The terrorists do not have deen, mazhab (sect and religion). There are good, the bad and the ugly. Every institution has them. Every nation has them. The ugly need to be punished. But individuals cannot be blamed for the dastardly act," he had earlier said during a media interaction immediately after the attack.
When contacted, the channel said it hadn't yet confirmed Sidhu's exit from the show.