If Pak artists are sent back, it should be done with respect: Abu Azmi

, 8:15 AM IST

Thane: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi today said if Pakistani artists are sent back to their country, it should be done with respect.

“Pakistani artists have not come to India as intruders but our country has given them valid visa based on which they have come,” Azmi told reporters after attending an event here to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Hence if they (Pakistani artists) are to be sent back (to their country), their visa should be cancelled. They should be sent back to their country respectfully,” the SP leader said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the recent surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control by the Army, Azmi said this is “the only good work” done by the PM in his tenure so far.

After the terror attack in Uri, a controversy has erupted over the involvement of Pakistani artists in Indian movies.

“The teachings of Gandhiji (Mahatma Gandhi) were being massacred, while temples are being constructed for his killer. This is unfortunate,” he said.