Intolerance debate: Hindu Sena buys Aamir Khan, family tickets to Pakistan!

MUMBAI: Even though Aamir Khan has already issued a public statement in response to the flak he received over his remarks on growing intolerance in the country, the backlash against his observations reached a new level on Thursday with a Hindu right-wing group booking air-tickets to Pakistan for the actor and his family.

Hindu Sena, the group that booked a one-way ticket for Khan, his wife Kiran Rao and their son, was in news last month after they led a Delhi police patrolling team into Kerala House claiming that a restaurant there was serving cow meat. Vishnu Gupta, the head of the group, was arrested and later released on bail.

Speaking to dna on Thursday, Gupta said that tickets for Khan’s family were brought after the actor revealed during an interview that his wife felt insecure in the country. Gupta also said that their group had initially thought of booking a one-way ticket to Syria “where ISIS would welcome the star’s family but an advisory issued against travelling to Syria made Islamabad, Pakistan the preferred choice”.

“If he doesn’t feel safe in India then he should go to Syria where ISIS will welcome him just how they welcome fellow Muslims. Or he can take his family to Pakistan where Taliban will make him feel safe,” said Gupta.

According to him, members of the Hindu Sena contributed money for Khan’s air ticket to Pakistan. “The tickets cost us 50,000 rupees and we have already sent it by speed post to Aamir Khan’s Mumbai home,” Gupta said.

The ticket was booked with Oman Air and is supposed to depart on November 30 from Mumbai and reach Islamabad on the same day after a brief halt in Muscat.