World Renown Music Event Shaan-e-Pakistan Organizers Look Set To Withdraw Offers To India Artists

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Earlier today it was confirmed that the All India Cine Workers Association had applied a blanket ban on all Pakistani national artists and actors working in India due to the terror attack that occurred in
Pulwama.

It has now also come to light that Rekha Bhardwaj and Harshdeep Kaur have allegedly withdrawn their names from Shaan-e-Pakistan 2019 gala in Lahore next month.

Globally known for tracks such as Genda phool and Kabira, Rekha was invited to the annual event where stakeholders from India and Pakistan’s music industry were supposed to participate in a two-day music event on March 21 and March 22.

“I cancelled our show to Pakistan immediately after the Pulwama attack,” Rekha, who was due to travel with her team, told the gathered press.

Harshdeep, who has sung melodious numbers like Heer and Dilbaro, also confirmed to the Tribune that she will not be a part of the event in Lahore.

However, the cancellations from artists across the border won’t stop the show from rolling. Talking to The Express Tribune, Shanze’Faiz, the director project Shaan-e-Pakistan rubbished all the rumours.

“It’s just speculation for now. We haven’t received any notice in regards to the Indian artists pulling out of the show as yet,” she said. “However, their presence doesn’t make much of a difference anyway. The show will go on with or without them.”

Shaan-e-Pakistan Management is even thinking about cancelling the invitations to Indian participants in the light of Javed Akhter and Shabana Azmi’s objectionable remarks post Pulwama attack.

“After what Javed Akhter and Shabana Azmi said about our country, we are thinking if we even need Indian artists in our festival. If anything, we will probably ask them to not come. The event is about lauding talented Pakistani artists and it will go on like that,” she added.

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