Shiv Sena Defends Their Stance as AAP Invites Ghulam Ali to Delhi
A day after famous Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai was cancelled because of objections raised by Shiv Sena, Delhi’s AAP government has indicated that it would welcome the singer to perform in the national capital.
Earlier today, Kapil Mishra, Delhi’s Tourism Minister reacted to the event’s cancellation.
Ali was scheduled to perform at Shanmukhanand Hall in Mumbai on October 9. Members of the Sena’s film wing, the Chitrapat Sena, met officials at the venue on Wednesday and urged them to cancel the event.
His concert in Pune, scheduled for October 10, was also cancelled on Friday morning.
Pakistan on Wednesday had expressed disappointment over the concert’s cancellation.
Reacting to the development, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said cultural exchanges are important elements of bilateral ties which his country “encourages”.
We do encourage artistes to visit both sides and perform. As far as Pakistan is concerned, our policy is very constructive, very positive. When Indian artistes go to Pakistan, they do not come across such opposition.
— Abdul Basit, Pakistan High Commissioner
Aditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray, has however, defended the party’s stand.
We all enjoy Ghulam Ali’s songs. But we need some sensitivity towards our soldiers. We have encounters going on everywhere...so many ceasefire violations. When this is happening we can’t be having fun here.
— Aditya Thackeray, Son of Shiv Sena chief
Activist and film industry member Ashoke Pandit has supported Shiv Sena’s move.
I support Shiv Sena’s stand. This isn’t about Ghulam Ali but about that nation which kills our soldiers.
— Ashoke Pandit, Activist