While Indian media ran headlines of Fawad Khan's secret departure from India today, it turns out the popular actor has been in Pakistan — for at least a month.
No Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Delhi or Mumbai has landed in Lahore or Karachi today, and Lahore airport authorities confirm that Fawad has not been at the airport.
Fawad's PR rep also confirmed that the actor has been in Pakistan for at least a month's duration to be with his wife, Sadaf, who is expected to deliver their second child this month.
The misleading news from Indian media comes in the wake of the 48-hour deadline to leave India given by nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which threatened consequences if Fawad and other Pakistani artistes in India did not comply.
Prior to MNS' threats, an Indian journalist had penned an open letter to Fawad Khan in response to the Uri attack, asking him to return to Pakistan. "We have watched in pain how you have chosen to look away when your country is inflicting pain on us." he wrote.
Some publications are speculating that Fawad will not be able to 'return' to India for promotions of his third Bollywood film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil due to the MNS threats. However, his PR rep said that Fawad's travelling schedule is not set and is largely dependent on the arrival of his second child.
With additional reporting by Imran Gabol