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Hindu Group Demands Cancellation of Concerts by Atif Aslam, Shafqat Amanat Ali

The Hindu body handed over a memorandum to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash, demanding the cancellation of the concert scheduled at the Leisure Valley HUDA ground at Sector 29.

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Updated:September 28, 2016, 10:15 PM IST
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Hindu Group Demands Cancellation of Concerts by Atif Aslam, Shafqat Amanat Ali
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Gurgaon: The Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal on Wednesday urged the authorities to cancel the permission given to a concert by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam next month.

The Hindu body handed over a memorandum to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash, demanding the cancellation of the concert scheduled at the Leisure Valley HUDA ground at Sector 29.

"The district administration has been hurting the sentiments of the people of the country by giving permission for such Pakistani concerts," read the memorandum.

"Pakistan-sponsored terrorists have been killing our soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir... We will definitely and strongly oppose such events," Rajeev Mittal of the Kranti Dal told IANS.

Mittal said Satyaprakash had promised to look into the issue.

Earlier, Atif Aslam had backed out of a scheduled performance here on August 27, 2016 because the organisers had not transferred the performance payment.

Meanwhile in Bengaluru, Pakistani classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali's concert scheduled on Friday has been cancelled.

"We decided to cancel the concert of Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. We took this decision in the aftermath of Uri attacks," Radio Mirchi Group Manager (Sales) Srinivas told PTI.

The concert was scheduled for September 30, but the decision was taken on September 20 itself, Srinivas said. "The concert was cancelled on September 20, much before the saffron parties raised the issue, demanding cancellation of the event. In fact, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad raised the issue recently, a few days back," he said. The event was cancelled after considering public safety and security issues, Srinivas added.

VHP and Bajrang Dal had been demanding cancellation of the concert after the Uri attack in which as many as 18 soldiers were martyred and four terrorists were neutralised. Bajrang Dal Karnataka unit President Suryanarayan said there was no need of inviting the Pakistan singer.

"Everyone knows what Pakistan is. Everyday it is killing many (Indian) soldiers. The world is on the verge of declaring Pakistan as a terrorist state. Such being the case, what isthe necessity for inviting a Pakistani singer here," he said.

The Bajrang Dal, hence, has lodged a police complaint demanding cancellation of the event, and also warned police and Radio Mirchi that they would be responsible for any untoward incidents, Suryanarayan said.

"Bajrang Dal strongly opposes any such event, and lodged a police complaint as we have decided to work within the constitutional framework," he said.

Days after the Uri attack, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be "pushed out".

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| Edited by: Puja Menon
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