Mumbai: Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune on April 25 might be in trouble as the Shiv Sena has threatened him against performing. The party’s cine wing, Chitrapat Sena, has opposed performances by any Pakistani artiste. However, the leaders of the Chitrapat Sena were silent about Aslam’s scheduled performance in Ahmedabad on May 10.
“The Shiv Sena’s stand has been very clear, that we do not support a concert by any Pakistani artiste. The neighbouring country is sending terrorists to India, blasting bombs, attacking our Parliament, then how do we welcome their artistes,” Chitrapat Sena leader Adesh Bandekar said.
To a query whether the Sena was also going to oppose Atif Aslam’s concert in Gujarat, Bandekar said their protest was limited to Maharashtra at present. “I was informed about his Pune concert and we are opposing his show in Maharashtra,” Bandekar said. The popular singer is going to perform in Pune’s plush Amanora Park in Hadpsar area. Local Shiv Sena leader Mahadeo Babar has raised a voice against the concert.
This is not the first time that the Sena has opposed performances by Pakistani artistes in India. The Sena had earlier opposed noted singer Gulam Ali and the Meekal Hasan Band who were supposed to perform at the Mumbai Press Club. It had protested against the inclusion of Pakistani television host and cross-dresser Begum Nawazish Ali