Muslims face discrimination in country: Shabana

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Indore, Aug 20 (UNI) Bollywood actress, social activist and former Rajya Sabha MP Shabana Azmi today reiterated that Muslims are discriminated in the country.

Ms Azmi told a 'Meet the press' programme here that discrimination against Muslims should end in the country. However, she said, she was proud to be an Indian and a Muslim.

She said she stood firm by her statement that she faced problems while searching for a home in Mumbai as she was Muslim and claimed that actors Saif Ali Khan, Arshad Warsi and Zeenat Aman had gone through similar problems.

Referring to the Rajinder Sachar committee report, Ms Azmi said attention should also be paid to the plight of dalits and other sections along with Muslims.

Stressing on the need for Muslims to introspect, the actress said Muslims should come forward in education sector. Hindus and Muslims can together give fitting reply to communal forces.

Replying to a question on the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the former MP said terrorism had no place in the country and anyone involved in it should be punished.

On Kashmir problem, she said Kashmiri pundits should be involved in dialogue without which no solution could come up. The matter should not be complicated further and resolved through dialogue.

Separatism was no solution.

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