Jashn e Rekhta is a popular festival held in Dubai, UAE, to celebrate Urdu poetry. It brings artists from India and Pakistan on one platform to celebrate and talk about Urdu poetry. This was organized by Rekhta Foundation which is based in India. However, the festival now stands cancelled for now in the wake of the horrific terrorist attack in Pulwama, Kashmir.
On February 14th, 2019, a suicide attack was carried out in Kashmir and the responsibility was claimed by the militant group, Jaish e Muhammad. Over CRPF personnel had been martyred in the attack which is being called the deadliest attack since Uri in 2016. The tragedy has put the entire nation into mourning and Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar among others have joined hands in condemning the atrocity and paying tributes to the bravehearts.
The fallout of the attacks are being felt in Dubai too with the organisers deciding to not go ahead with Jashn-e-Rekhta. This year, the festival was set to invite Javed Akhtar alongside Mahira Khan and Sarmad Khoosat from Pakistan. Many other esteemed guests from the countries (Ali Fazal, Sanam Marvi) had also been invited to speak at the event.
A statement put out by the organisers have cleared their stance.
"The Rekhta organisation and participants in the Jashn-e-Rekhta Dubai festival (which was to be held on February 28-March 1 & 2, 2019) extend their heartfelt condolences to the families of all those bravehearts who lost their lives or were greviously injured in yesterday's atrocity in Pulwama."
In light of this tragedy, it has been decided to postpone the event until further notice. We regret the inconvenience cuased. Arrangements are being made with the ticketing company to refund money, to all those who have purchased tickets."
Thank you for your support and understanding.
It seems that relationship between the two nuclear states is going to go in even more of an entanglement post the attack and the cross-border exchange of artists and content will likely be put on a complete hold.