Salman Khan jailed because he is Muslim, says Pakistan foreign minister


New Delhi, April 5 (TNS): With Salman Khan’s conviction by a Jodhpur court in the blackbuck poaching case, many have risen in support of the icon- including Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif, Indian media reported.

Khawaja Asif said Salman Khan’s religion was main reason of his conviction.

Asif said that ‘Khan was sentenced because he is a minority’. The Bollywood actor has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Pakistani foreign minister slammed the verdict against the Bollywood icon and reasoned, “Salman Khan has been sentenced because he is a minority.”

He further added, “To sentence him in a case that is twenty years old goes on to show that lives of those who are Muslims, ‘untouchables’ or Christians are not valued in India,”

In a blatant attack on India’s ruling party and its alleged tool of politics, Khawaja Asif added, “May be if he belonged to the religion of the ruling party of India he would not have been given such a harsh sentence and the court might have been lenient with him.”

Salman Khan was found guilty today of killing two blackbucks on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998 in the Kankani village near Jodhpur.