Just yesterday, we reported that Indian extremist party Shiv Sena has threatened the organisers to cancel Pakistani rock star Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune. Now, the reports have arrived that the concert has been cancelled. “We are from the field of arts, we wanted to do it, but then the intention behind the cancellation is totally appropriate. So we shall always remain patriotic,” told the show organiser Sanjay Sathe to NDTV. “As Balasaheb has said ‘Be patriotic and put the nation first’, and thereby, at the larger level we had to cancel the show,” he added.
“Aslam is a Pakistani artist and we oppose his performance in Pune. The organiser better cancel it now, or else we won’t let the event happen,” threatened senior Shiv Sena leader from Pune, Ajay Bhosale.
“Since day one we have been opposing Pakistani artists and our stand always has been the same. Pakistan is attacking us from every corner. How can we welcome their artists?,” another Shiv Sena leader told to Indian newspapers.
Atif Aslam is not the first Pakistani artist who is threatened by Indian extremist party Shiv Sena, earlier, they have attacked Meekal Hasan Band’s press conference in Mumbai, they have protested against Pakistan Women Cricket Team during 2011 Cricket World Cup in India, they have threatened Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Veena Malik, and other celebrities.