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( Clockwise) Fawad Khan, Mawra Hocane, Mahira Khan, Atif Aslam, Ghulam Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ali Zafar ver since the Uri attack on the Indian Army, there has been a debate about whether Pakistani artistes should be banned from India. If India decides to cut all ties with Pakistan, then it is justified. Close the border, stop being part of international events Pakistan is part of, and stop all import- export with the neighbouring country. Why just impose a ban on actors and musicians? We spoke to a few select voices on the matter and this is what they had to say...
‘ W We need to first combat terror’
SpokespersonSp of the Bharatiya Janta PartyPa ( BJP) WeW should not get artistes involved in this.tht Relationships with Pakistan have deterioratedded to such an extent that there is a movem now to declare Pakistan a terror state on an international level. Given the current crisis,cr I don’t think we can have Pakistani artistesara coming here. But the artistes from Pakistan,PaP who have legitimate visas and work permits, should not feel threatened by any political party. The MNS or any political party suggesting that the Pakistani artistesa leave in 48 hours has no legal basis. My misapprehension about the MNS’ enthusiastic call to oust Pakistani artistes is that, at a time when the coast guard, the navy and every other government body is fighting to keep Mumbai safe from terrorists, the MNS is targeting Pakistani artistes. We need to first combat terror and then look into matters such as these. Removing Pakistani artistes does not solve problems between India and Pakistan. My question to the MNS: If you feel so strongly about the protection of the nation, first go catch the terrorists, you are only trying to show your might and clout by targeting soft targets. This is nothing but a publicity gimmick. But in future, the government is not going to be as cordial to Pakistani artistes as they’ve been so far.
‘ Start addressing the real problem’
Filmmaker If we really want to do something about Uri we must all go all out into the international community and make sure that Pakistan is declared a terrorist state. Stop making insignificant protest moves and start addressing the real problem.