Pakistani artists facing threats from Shiv Sena in India
Shiv Sena, one of the most extremist parties in India has once again started to create trouble for Pakistani artists. Earlier, they threatened the organizers of Atif Aslam concert, which resulted in cancellation of the event in last hours. Recently, they stopped the show of Ustaad Ghulam Ali, which was a tribute to Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh in Mumbai. Then Meekal Hasan Band’s show called off after their threats in Amabawadi and now, just today, they attacked the organizer who was launching Khurshid’s Kasuri’s book in India.
In April this year, Shiv Sena threatened the organizers of Atif Aslam concert in Pune, which resulted in the cancellation of the show. “Shiv Sena has always been against Pakistan and the motive behind canceling the event is to show that Pakistan is traitor,” said the local MLA Mahadev Babar.
Then, legendary Ghazal singer Ustaad Ghulam Ali Sahab was all ready to perform in Mumbai to pay his tribute to late Indian singer Jagjit Singh but Shiv Sena called for the cancellation of the event.
Mekaal Hasan Band, which has two Pakistani and three Indian members, was ready to perform in Ahmedabad, but just before the show, the workers of Shiv Sena party reached at the venue and created disturbance, which eventually resulted in the cancellation of the show. “Through Jazzabad, we are promoting music in Ahmedabad. Today, we had organised this non-commercial musical event of Mekaal Hasan Band, but some people came to the venue even before the event started and started objecting to it. In a bid to avoid any problem, the event was cancelled,” Chetan Chauhan, founder member of Jazzabad, told The Indian Express.
Today, hours before the former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri book launch in Mumbai, Shiv Sena leaders with activists attacked chairman of the Observer Research Foundation and the organiser of the event Sudheendra Kulkarni, and smeared his face with black paint, reported First Point.
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“Leader of Shiv Sena Ashok Sharma came to the venue along with his supporters and started objecting to the event. They started raising slogans such as ‘Pakistani kalakar hatao (remove Pakistani artists)’ and ‘aa karyakram bandh karo (call off the event)’… Since their act was in violation of the prohibitory orders by the police commissioner, we arrested 11 of them, including Sharma, immediately,” said an Indian police officer.