New Delhi: First it was Afghanistan that didn’t take kindly to John Abraham-Arshad Warsi starrer and now Pakistan has decided it won’t board the Kabul Express either.
The movie, that traces the trials and tribulations of five strangers stuck in the war-ravaged Afghanistan, has invited the ire of the Hazara community.
The Hazaras, who live on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border, condemned the movie for its “derogatory language” and called for its boycott.
Secretary general of Pakistan's Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), Ibrahim Hazara, was quoted by the Pak newspaper Daily Times as saying, "The Hazaras are offended by the movie “Not only does the movie make an effort to defame the Hazara community, it also creates a negative image of Pakistan,” he said.
He also said that the community wanted the director of he movie to apologise. “We urge the government of Pakistan to ban the movie and prevent it from being marketed in the country,” he was quoted as saying.
Ibrahim led a protest rally in front of the Quetta Press Club that was supported by the Hazara Students Federation (HSF).
The members of the Hazara community, with an estimated population of around two lakh, are Shia muslims living mostly in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
Quetta is home to a large number of Hazaras who fled from the Afghan semi-autonomous province of Hazarajat in the late 19th century due to the excesses of the then Afghan King Abdur Rahman.