Atif Aslam’s concert in Gurgaon called off after threats from Hindu group

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New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2016 10:36:07 AM

The call on barring Pakistani artists in India reached a notch higher today with Pakistani singer Atif Aslam's upcoming concert in Gurugram being called off.

The singer, who's a hit among the Indian masses for his songs like Kuch Iss Tarah and Jeena Jeena was to perform at the Leisure Valley HUDA ground in Gurgaon on October 15 but on the urging of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal, the authorities have called the event off. (Source: Twitter)The singer, who?s a hit among the Indian masses for his songs like Kuch Iss Tarah and Jeena Jeena was to perform at the Leisure Valley HUDA ground in Gurgaon on October 15 but on the urging of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal, the authorities have called the event off. (Source: Twitter)

The call on barring Pakistani artists in India reached a notch higher today with Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s upcoming concert in Gurugram being called off. The singer, who’s a hit among the Indian masses for his songs like Kuch Iss Tarah and Jeena Jeena was to perform at the Leisure Valley HUDA ground in Gurgaon on October 15 but on the urging of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal, the authorities have called the event off.

This comes in wake of the Uri attacks that have ignited the India Pakistan enmity yet again. The Hindu body has been demanding no work to be given to Pakistani artists and celebrities in India as a mark of respect to the mrtyrs.

The Hindu body approached Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon, T.L. Satyaprakash demanding a cancellation of the event. “The district administration has been hurting the sentiments of the people of the country by giving permission for such Pakistani concerts,” the memorandum stated.

It further said, “If the event takes place, and any incident happens because of it, the district administration will be responsible”. The letter blamed the authorities for “playing with the sentiments of the country by giving Pakistani artists permission to perform here”, because “ soldiers are losing their lives at the border because of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.”

Keeping in view the violence it can spur, the organizing authorities have ‘indefinitely posponed’ the event. They had received an advisory from the district authorities asking to defer the concert since sentiments of the armed forces are concerned.

The debate on whether artists across the borders should be allowed to perform freely considering the terrorists acts that have increased over time has gained momentum, with popular names like Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan being targeted by MNS to head back, giving ultimatums to filmmakers against casting them as well.

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