"Today SRK, Salman and Amitabh Bachchan are as big stars in Pakistan as they are in India. The only bridge which is still there between the two countries is art. Whenever someone says that send Pakistani artists back, then we should also understand that Indian films will also get banned in Pakistan as a result," Veena Malik told PTI during a visit to Kolkata.
Asked to comment on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who succumbed to injuries earlier in the day following a scuffle with another inmate in a Jammu jail, she said, "It reminds me of what had Gandhi said - an eye for an eye will only make the world blind."
Pointing out that with the recent deterioration in relation between the two countries over various issues people to people relation has also got affected as a result.
"Whenever anything happens, they say send Veena Malik back. Artists are very fragile because their hearts are soft and so they are made soft targets," she said.
52-year-old Sanaullah, who was serving life sentence at Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu, was grievously injured in an attack by an inmate on last Friday and died today in a Chandigarh hospital.
The assault came a day after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who was brutally attacked by fellow inmates in a Pakistani jail.
"When this Sarabjit case happened, my heart cried because he was a guy who is already under trial and under the grip of the law. To kill him is inhuman," said Malik, the 26-year-old actress best known for her stint in 'Bigg Boss' in 2010.
She said harmony, love and peace should increase so that Sarabjit and Sanaullah cases don't recur.
"We (India and Pakistan) have bigger challenges. We are not enemies. Let's get over our past and move on into a new life," said Malik who has signed Hindi films including Zindago 50:50 and The City That Never Sleeps.