Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Sunday evening apologized for tweeting earlier that the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon should not hang but his brother Tiger Memon should.
While saying that he stood by what he had said, Salman said his father Salim Khan wanted him to retract his tweets "as they have the potential to create misunderstanding".
"What I said is that Yakub Memon should not hang for him (Tiger). I have not said or implied that Yakub Memon is innocent. I have complete faith in the judicial system of our country.
"Many lives were lost in the Mumbai blasts. And I have repeatedly said the loss of (even) one innocent life is equal to the loss of all humanity.
"My dad called ... said I should retract my tweets as they have the potential to create misunderstanding. I hereby retract them.
"I would like to unconditionally apologize for any misunderstanding I may have created unintentionally.
"I also strongly condemn those who are claiming my tweets are anti-religious. I have always said I respect all faiths and I always will," the actor tweeted.
Salman tweeted on Saturday night, referring to Ibrahim alias Tiger Memon: “Hang Tiger. Brother is being hanged for Tiger. Aarrre (Where) is Tiger? Get Tiger. Get Tiger hang him. Parade him, not his brother,”