Banning artistes, writers, actors and poets gives a victory to the terrorists and extremists who don’t want people-to-people contact, Pakistani sufi-rock band Junoon’s frontman Salman Ahmad said. His comments came after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issued an “ultimatum” to all Pakistani artistes to quit India within 48 hours or face trouble.
MNS had issued the so-called ultimatum on September 23 to all Pakistani cine and television artistes to leave India.
The political party told the media that there was “an anti-Pakistan” wave across India after the September 18 terror attack that left 18 Indian soldiers dead at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ahmad, who is soon going to unveil Junoon’s 25th anniversary special album “Junoon 25” in various countries, including India, said that stopping cultural exchanges between the two neighbouring nations is not the solution.
“Terrorists and extremists don’t want people-to-people contact. They only want to create fear,” Ahmad told Indian news agency over e-mail and phone interactions.