Salman Khan being targeted because of celebrity status, enmity with Selar: Father Salim Khan

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s scriptwriter father Salim has clarified that his son’s tweets in favour of hanged 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon were meaningless and that he was being targeted because of his celebrity status.

“It was his foolishness. He said what all he must have heard,” Salim said.

“Many people had opposed the court’s verdict awarding death sentence to Yakub, but may be Salman’s way of putting things was a bit childish. Salman’s celeb status is being taken advantage of,” he added.

Salman’s father also alleged that the protests outside the actor’s residence following the controversy had been orchestrated by Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar.

“In this particular case, I can tell you that it was all done by BJP leader (Ashish Shelar). He (Shelar) had openely said that he will hit him (Salman) hard whenever he gets an opportunity,” Salim said.

Salim also slammed those who made distinctions on the basis of religion in discussing issues like terrorism.

“Religion has nothing to do with terrorism. Muslims must be told what true Islam is all about,” the scriptwriter of Sholay fame said.

Following the late night outburst on Twitter, Salman had later retracted all his tweets allegedly in support of Yakub, and apologised for any potential misunderstanding that may have occurred due to his opinion. He had also deleted the tweets.

However, Salman said that he still stands by his opinion that Tiger Memon, brother of Yakub, should be hanged for his involvement in the deadly blasts. Salman had earlier said that Yakub should not hang for the crime committed by his brother.

 

 

 

Yakub, who would have been 54 on Thursday was executed just before 7 am on the same day at Nagpur Central Jail.

A huge drama had played out on the night of the hanging as a special session of the Supreme Court was called at 3 am to finalise the decision. Memon had moved SC once again after the President rejected his mercy plea.

Earlier, a group of 40 eminent personalities had signed a fresh mercy petition asking President Pranab Mukherjee to stay the execution of Memon.

As per the case of the prosecution, the 1993 Mumbai blasts were orchestrated by Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim to seek revenge for the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Yakub, who is the brother of Tiger, was allegedly not the main accused in the conspiracy.

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