Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah on 12 October said that the people should look at the similarities between India and Pakistan rather than the differences. He added that it is not futile to hope that the two neighbouring countries will learn to beat in harmony.
"I wish we could have accorded Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the kind of welcome, I received when I visited Lahore. I would only like to say to hate-mongers and those who prefer confrontation over debate and discussion, that they look for the differences between India and Pakistan rather than similarities," Shah said , speaking at former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's launch of book titled, 'Neither a Hawk nor a Dove'.
"In 1947, it was not just a line which was drawn in the map. It was the heart of Punjab which was severed into two. It is of course futile to hope that those two countries will come together ever again, but perhaps it is not futile to hope that the two countries (India and Pakistan) will learn to beat in harmony," Shah added.
Kasuri's book 'Neither a Hawk nor a Dove' was launched here today amid protest by the Shiv Sena.