Pulwama Attack: Rekha Bhardwaj, Harshdeep Kaur too pull out of Pakistan event

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The dastardly attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama sector on February 14 has stunned Indians. The entire nation is very angry and is asking for revenge for the killing of 44 CRPF brave jawans. Bollywood is also doing its bit by condemning the attacks and taking a strong stance.

Days after veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar and his wife Shabana Azmi cancelled their Pakistan tour, Bollywood singers Rekha Bhardwaj and Harshdeep Kaur have also withdrawn their names from ‘Shaan-e-Pakistan 2019’ gala, slated for next month in Lahore, in the wake of the Pulwama tragedy.

Rekha Bhardwaj, who is a popular singer and the wife director Vishal Bhardwaj told news agency IANS, “I cancelled our show to Pakistan immediately after the Pulwama attack.” Harshdeep Kaur also confirmed that she will also not be a part of the event in Lahore.

Pakistan’s Javed Bashir, who will be producer and director of music said that the event will go on.

“We have no news on Rekhaji and Harshdeep Kaur,” Rehan Babar of Aden Rehan PR and Management Solutions, official PR Partners of the event.

Shabana Azmi Javed Akhtar
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Babar further added, “Shaan-e-Pakistan’ is about promoting fashion, music, art, and culture and bringing Pakistan and India together on these platforms. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with promoting peace and love through art and culture. Regardless of the current political tensions, Shaan-e-Pakistan is still very much going ahead and on course to take place on March 21 and 22.”

Hopefully, this sends a very tough message to Pakistan that for cultural events to take place, terrorism has to be eliminated from the soil of Pakistan.

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