Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi defended his controversial statement regarding the Pakistani passport on Monday, stating that those who disagree with what he said were blind.
Hamza said the above mentioned words in a video clip which was shared from his Facebook account. The Pakistani actor, who is also an anchor on a private television channel, said that one could disagree with the intensity of the words he used.
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) September 11, 2017
“Yes, you can certainly disagree or be offended with the intensity of the words that I used during my show,” he said. “However, if you disagree with what I said then I’m sorry to say you’re not a patriotic person, you’re just blind,” he added.
Hamza Ali Abbasi went on to say that it was a fact that the Pakistani passport did not hold any value owing to the harmful policies of the rulers of this country.
“Yes this is a great country but unfortunately, nobody respects our passport in the world,” he said.
Hamza Ali Abbasi clarified that the whole discussion had started when he had suggested that the Pakistani government grant citizenship to the 300-400,000 Rohingya community that was living in Karachi.
“Grant these people citizenship so that they can have basic necessities of life,” he said. “So that their children can go to school and they are able to stay here,” he added.
Hamza said that this was a plausible solution since the Rohingya community could not go back to Myanmar anytime soon.