Arshi Khan’s problems don’t seem to end. The last seven days have been filled with action for the 26-year-old actress. On Friday last a fatwa was issued against Arshi Khan by Maulana Sheikh Rasool Ul Haq of Pakistan for a tweet about Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi wherein the gusty model said, “Yes I had sex with Afridi”. This was followed by threatening calls from banned “terrorist” Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) members. Then on Saturday evening, Arshi Khan got the news that Pakistan had rejected her visa to travel to Pak for a reality show.
And on Sunday evening between 8.30 to 9 pm while Arshi Khan was travelling in an auto-rickshaw from Andheri Lokhandwala to Malad Evershine Nagar, about 100 meters away from the Movie Time theatre traffic signal, two youth riding a black color Puslar bike grabbed Arshi Khan’s Samsung S6 Edge while she was accessing emails on her phone.
Says Arshi Khan, “I was very mentally disturbed about my visa being rejected by Pakistan. The Pakistani channel had filed an appeal to the Ministry of Interior and the Director General of Immigration in Pakistan had asked me to provide certain documents to consider the appeal. I was checking my email on my phone, when a motor-bike borne thief thrust his hand into the auto rickshaw in which I was travelling and snatched the phone. Even before I could react, the thieves had fled on the motorbike. It was quite dark and it was not possible to note down the bike registration number. They were riding a black color Pulsar and the pillion rider who snatched my phone was wearing dark color jeans and a grey-dark-blue T-shirt. I screamed at the auto rickshaw driver and asked him to follow the thieves, but there was a lot of traffic on that stretch of the road, just outside Infinity Mall Malad and it was impossible to follow them. All this happened in less than two minutes,” Arshi Khan has stated in her statement recorded by the Bangur Nagar police station. The Bangur Nagar police station registered an FIR 367/2015 u/s 379 (robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Though the phone cost me Rs 70,000 (it was bought when it was just released in June) – the price of the phone today is about Rs 55,000/-, all my important documents, passport, etc were scanned and stored in the phone memory. I used the phone for online banking transactions; credit card payments etc. and all my passwords were also stored on the phone. I am very scared of my bank account details and passwords or PIN codes getting into the public domain, said Arshi Khan, adding that several private photographs and videos were also saved on the phone.
Prior to this a few days ago, according to a written police complaint submitted by Arshi Khan, to several senior police officials in Mumbai, a man claiming or owing allegiance to the banned Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in Pakistan threatened the actress not to step on Pakistan soil for insulting Islam or risk losing her life. The caller, who claimed to speak on behalf of Hafiz Saeed, said the leader had issued instructions to his followers and supporters in India and Pakistan to “teach the actress a strong lesson for insulting Islam”.
A Muslim cleric from a Madrasa on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Maulana Sheikh Rasool Ul Haq had issued a fatwa against Arshi Khan last week for posing nude for a Hollywood film director Lynn Baxter and for tweeting that she had sex with Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi. Acoording to Arshi Khan who spoke to the news website IndiaNewsNetwork.IN, she got several threatening, vulgar and abusive calls from across the border over the last five days after the fatwa was issued.