Amid the anti-Pakistani artistes sentiment brewing in India post-Uri attacks, of which he became the primary target courtesy his status as the biggest crossover star from across the border, Fawad Khan has finally broken his silence on the issue.
There have been various statements made concerning Fawad's "hurried departure" from India in the light of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's threats to Pakistani artistes, that they leave the country within 48 hours. It later emerged that he had left India back in July.
There were also comments attributed to Fawad in which he reportedly said, "Bollywood kisike baap ka hai kya?" (referring to the ban on Pakistani artistes and technicians in the Indian film industry) and accused Indians of being "small-hearted".
Fawad took to Facebook on Friday to make a succinct statement:
"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."
Fawad and his wife Sadaf welcomed their baby daughter into the world on Wednesday. Fawad and Sadaf Khan tied the knot in 2005 after a seven-year courtship and their older son, Ayaan, was born in 2009.
Pakistani artistes have been asked, from various quarters in India, to condemn the Uri attacks. As of now, musicians Adnan Sami (who became an Indian musician in January 2016) and Shafqat Amanat Ali are the only ones to have strongly condemned the 18 September terror attack that left 19 Indian Army personnel dead.
Fawad has a short cameo in Karan Johar's upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, opposite Anushka Sharma. The film's release has been uncertain in the wake of rising bilateral tensions and the retaliatory cultural boycotts being imposed by both Pakistan and India on each other's content.
Read Fawad's post here: