There has so much been already said and done to curb Pakistani artistes from performing in India. Ever since the unfortunate Uri attack, these artistes have been under constant scrutiny of MNS and other people expressing their hatred against their employment in the Indian film industry.

So much is the rage that they had been asked to leave Indian soil. Indian Motion Picture Producers Association has even announced that Pakistani artistes are banned from working in film and television industry till the things get normalised again.

Amid this entire uproar, the actor who has been in the limelight all these days is Fawad Khan. More because his upcoming film — Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, is all set to hit the screens soon. Directed by Karan Johar, it is slated for release on 28 October and is a big Diwali release of the year.

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Just when the tension around the film’s release hyped, Fawad’s alleged statements started doing the rounds. Statements like “My first priority is Pakistan” and “Indian person’s heart is so small” attributed to Fawad, providing fuel to the fire. However, the Khoobsurat star has now released an official statement disowning everything attributed to him before this. In his statement, he has also thanked his fans and well wishers for standing by him. Read it here:

“I’ve been in Lahore since July as my wife and I had been expecting our second child. I’ve received numerous requests from the media and from well wishers worldwide asking me for my thoughts on the sad incidents that took place in the past few weeks. As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world. I believe we owe it to our children who will shape our tomorrow. This is the first time I have spoken on the matter. Please disregard any other words attributed to me during this time because I have not said them. I thank all my fans and fellow artists from Pakistan, India and people in general all over the world who have shown continued support for their belief in love and understanding to unite a divisive world.”

We wish for everything to get settled soon.

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