New Delhi: Senior army officials and ex-armymen are not happy over the entire issue of the armed forces being dragged into politics. This has come into light after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) demanded that producers of movies employing Pakistani actors pay Rs. 5 core to an army welfare fund.
The entire tussle started with the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ directed by Karan Johar as it casted Pakistani actor
Fawad Khan. The film received protests from MNS and other organisations and some even threatened to about not letting the film being released.
Senior Army officials believe that all the contributions to the welfare fund are to be voluntary and people should not be forced to contribute.
“(We) would never support it,” Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), former military secretary, told PTI when asked if he supports the move of the MNS.
“Why should the armed forces be made a part of this extortion? By accepting this money they would become a ‘receiver’ of tainted money,” Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) tweeted.
As per reports the welfare fund has a system to check contributions and can also reject a contribution if the army feels it does not want to associate itself with any such organisation and person.