Javed Akhtar, the renowned veteran screenwriter, lyricist, and poet, recently attended the 'Faiz' festival in Lahore, Pakistan. Akhtar, who has won five national film awards and received the highest civilian honors Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, made headlines when he took potshots at Pakistan regarding the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and also highlighted the fact that no function had been organized for Lata Mangeshkar in Pakistan.
During the Faiz festival held in Pakistan, a female reporter asked for Javed’s opinion on why despite being a friendly, loving, and positive country, Pakistan still has a negative image in India. Akhtar responded with a question of his own, He asked why there had been no function for Lata Mangeshkar in Pakistan, unlike the numerous functions held for Nusrat Saab, Mehandi Hassan, and others in India. The audience applauded and agreed with Akhtar's remarks. He further added that when the terror attack happened in Mumbai in 2008, the terrorists did not come from Norway or Egypt but from Pakistan. In fact, they are still roaming around in your country today. So, if an Indian holds this emotion, then it is not wrong, right?
For a long time, Pakistan has been more obsessed with India than focusing on its own development. Although India has given opportunities to Pakistani singers, artists, and sportspeople, if you're wondering why Indians aren't happy, you should ask Pakistan's leaders, not Indians.
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Javed Akhtar's recent statement to a Pakistani reporter highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of the India-Pakistan relationship. Instead of focusing on differences, we must acknowledge the shared history and culture that binds the two countries. It's a reminder that we must work towards building a peaceful and prosperous future for the region based on mutual respect, understanding, and empathy.