VHP, Bajrang Dal threaten to disrupt Pak singer Shafqat Amanat Ali’s concert in Bengaluru
Hinting the resentment towards Pakistani artistes is kicking up in the south India following the developements in the north, the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have written a joint letter to the Bengaluru Police asking it to deny permission for Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali to perform on September 30 in the garden city.
Earlier this month on September 23rd, a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) outfit had threatened Pakistani actors and artistes staying back in India to leave India and warned that they will throw them out unless they leave on their own. All this started following the Uri base camp attack by Pakistan Army-supported militants where 18 Indian soldiers were killed and many others injured.
The MNS earlier on Wednesday stated that they are not against any individual, but they said they could not separate nation and art. The organisation staged a protest on Tuesday outside the production house of director and producer Karan Johar’s production house and 15 of the party workers were arrested.
Earlier singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya came up against Bollywood personalities who are ‘breeding and feeding’ Pakistani artists, and even named Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt for cooperating with Pakistani stars.
Last year, Pakistani Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai also had to be cancelled following a threat by the Shiv Sena, though later he has performed in Kerala. Pakistani actor Fawad Khan on Tuesday left India before the release of his upcoming Karan Johar movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil on October 28. But reports says that he left because his wife’s delivery date is near.
The Shiv Sena has targeted the promotion of Fawad Khan, who features in a cameo role in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan starring in Shah Rukh Khan’s next Raees, saying that filmmakers and producers ‘should not cast Pakistanis in their films’.