Tit For Tat? Pakistan Music Festival Revokes Invitation to Indian Artistes

As tensions between the two countries rise post-Pulwama, a Pakistan festival now bans Indian artists
Tit For Tat? Pakistan Music Festival Revokes Invitation to Indian Artistes
Vishal Bharadwaj, Rekha Bharadwaj and Harshdeep Kaur

In the past week, in the wake of the Pulwama Attacks, many bans and cancellations have occurred in the artist communities of both India and Pakistan.

This time a cancellation has announced by Pakistan. A music and food festival by the name of Shaan e Pakistan has revoked its invitation to Rekha and Vishal Bharadwaj, and Harshdeep Kaur. According to Pakistani news website Dawn Images, Huma Nassr, the brain behind Shaan e Pakistan, has announced their decision not to invite Indian artists to the country.

According to Dawn, Nassr said, “Only recently a decision has been made to replace Atif Aslam’s song in Salman Khan’s film Notebook. Given the current situation, I think it’s better to not invite Indians to Shaan e Pakistan this time around.”

Immediately after the news of the Pulwama attack broke, a literature festival by the name of Jashn e Rekhta was cancelled in Dubai where Mahira Khan, Sarmad Khoosat, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Sanam Marvi and Ali Fazal were supposed to be on the stage together to speak about the love of Urdu.

Ajay Devgn tweeted that his film would not be released in Pakistan which followed Dinesh Vijan’s announcement from Maddock Films that Lukka Chuppi and Arjun Patiala would also not be released in Pakistan. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar cancelled their appearances at a commemorative festival in Karachi Arts’ Council which was held in the memory of Shabana’s late father, Kaifi Azmi.

Shaan e Pakistan had done many events in which they had propagated Indo-Pak peace. This year the event was to be held in Lahore on March 21st and 22nd and the Indian guests were to come via Wagah Border.

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