In fallout of Pulwama attack: Pak artists, PSL broadcast barred in India

Pakistan, Kashmir, Atif, Atif Aslam
Left: PSL winners , Right: Atif Aslam

Srinagar: Following the deadly Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy on 14, February, scores of TV actors/actresses and Indian cricketers condemned the attack and allege Pakistan for supporting such attacks.

After the incident, All India Cine Workers Association today announced a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the film industry. In a statement issued by the (AICWA) stated that the association strongly condemned a brutal attack on the CRPF troopers at Pulwama. “Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. AICWA stands with a nation in confronting such attacks,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that they have announced to ban Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry. Adding that, “Still if any organization insists on working with Pakistani Artists will be banned by AICWA and strong action will be taken against them.”

Earlier, the film division of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) political party on Saturday asked music label companies after the Pulwama attack to cease working with Pakistani artists.

MNS Chitrapat Sena head Amey Khopkar told news agency PTI, “We have verbally communicated to Indian music companies like T-Series, Sony Music, Venus, Tips Music etc to not work with Pakistani singers. These companies should stop it immediately or we will take action in our own style.”

Singer Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who has sung Dil Diyan Gallan, Mere Rashke Qamar, in collaboration with Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series have been removed their songs (from the company’s Youtube channel) told Amey Khopkar the news agency PTI.

A few days ago, before the attack, Atif Aslam had collaborated to record his new track Baarishein with the record label, but the music video remains unlisted on Youtube. The video featuring Nushrat Bharucha would not appear anywhere on an internet search.

Also, IMG-Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistani Super League (PSL) after the Pulwama attack. The company has taken the decision that they will not offer broadcast production service for PSL with immediate effect. Following this step, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will go off the air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production service as this is the only production service for Pakistan to broadcast their matches.

“IMG Reliance is pulling out with immediate effects, from offering broadcast production services for PSL. The incident that occurred is deeply regrettable,” stated a mail addressed to Sohaib Sheikh and Kamil Khan of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), PTI reported.

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