Aagha Ali has again made it to the headlines and yet again for all the wrong reasons! A video clip of the actor from an old interview has gone viral over the internet in which he is seen casually cracking a joke at the expense of the Pashtun community.
In the short clip, Aagha Ali while directing a joke towards his colleague, Neelam Muneer can be seen trolling the Pashtuns for the way they speak.
He said that he had never seen any Pashtun person speaking calmly.
Agha Ali says he has never seen Pathan speak calmly or lovingly. My question is, how much do you know, about Pathans? As much as your actresses dance in Pashto films & Pashtun heroes are behind them in anger. What more knowledge do you have about pathans?#AaghaAliMafiMango pic.twitter.com/HxBFYJpuaU— Hoorain Yousafzai (@Scotchh9) August 18, 2020
Netizens called out Aagha Ali for his racist comment targeting the Pashtun community and demanded an apology from the actor.
#AaghaAliMafiMango became the top trend on Twitter throughout yesterday.
Interpreting Pashto speaking as loud muttering and saying that only someone in Pashto can be scolded are very hateful remarks & Only on the basis of hatred towards Pashtuns can such remarks be made as the words uttered by this actor. Shame on him.#AaghaAliMafiMango— AlamZaib Mahsud (@AlamzaibMahsud) August 18, 2020
I dont think thats true..behaviour of each and every person is their personal problem. One shud not associate tht with the whole community. Well may b Agha Ali nevr met the ri8 ppl.🙊☺️#AghaAliMafiMango https://t.co/4JwaC2bNen— Saba Fia (@Geminiangirl1) August 18, 2020
After the uproar on social media for almost a day, the Khoob Seerat actor took to Twitter to address the issue and apologized for his comment that offended many.
He stressed that his joke was directed specifically at his friend Neelam Muneer and his intention was never to offend anyone. He then apologised for hurting the sentiments of his fellow citizens.
Firstly .. agar kisi ka bhi dil dukha hai kisi 5 saal purani clip ko dekh Kar bhi tou Meri taraf se Mazrat .. jab kay jis pathan dost se ye mazak horaha tha (Neelam Muneer) she laughed really hard herself as she knew my intentions..Phir Bhi kisi ki bhi dil azari hui tou mazrat🙌🏻— Aagha Ali (@AaghaAli) August 18, 2020
Aagha Ali then added that he had nothing but respect for the Pashtun community and asked his followers to not spread hate.
Mene kai shows main kaha hai .. “ Pathan Pakistan ki Sab se mehenti qaum hai “ Afsos kay esi baatein log viral nahi kartay.. kher .. mene ek Pathan Prime Minister ko vote Diya tha .. tou main tou Pathano ko itna qabil samjhta hoon… may Allah Bless Pakistan #DontSpreadHate— Aagha Ali (@AaghaAli) August 18, 2020