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Atif Aslam concert in Gurgaon called off

The concert, organised by Koncept Entertainment, was to be held at the Leisure Valley park in Gurgaon Sector 29 on October 15.

Written by Sakshi Dayal , Sanjeev Verma | Gurgaon | Published: September 29, 2016 5:23 am
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Citing “sentiments of armed forces/soldiers at the frontier”, the Gurgaon administration Wednesday “advised” organisers of a concert featuring Pakistani singer Atif Aslam to “defer” the event planned for October 15 in the city.

The “advisory” came hours after members of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal met Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T L Satyaprakash, asking him to cancel the event. In a letter handed to the Deputy Commissioner, the outfit warned “if the event takes place, and any incident happens because of it, the district administration will be responsible”.

“Gurgaon district administration plays with the sentiments of the country by giving Pakistani artists permission to perform here. On the one hand, soldiers are losing their lives at the border because of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, and on the other, the district administration… is inviting them here as guests,” the letter stated.

Later, the district administration issued a release: “Considering the sentiments of armed forces/soldiers at the frontier, the organisers are advised by the district administration, Gurgaon, to defer the Atif Aslam concert.”

The concert, organised by Koncept Entertainment, was to be held at the Leisure Valley park in Gurgaon Sector 29 on October 15.

Reached for comments, Deputy Commissioner Satyaprakash said: “We are just issuing an advisory to the organisers that since sentiments of the armed forces are concerned, they should defer the concert. There are chances of public protest or incidents like shoe-hurling. But if they (organisers) want to go ahead with the concert, we have to provide security, but half-heartedly.”

Rajeev Mittal, national general secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal, said, “We are not against art, but we are aware that there is fighting on the border. The Prime Minister himself has said blood and water cannot flow together. In such a situation, it makes no sense that all of us sway to the music of Pakistani artists.”

Officials from Koncept Entertainment said the event has already been “indefinitely postponed” in light of the recent events and escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.

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    IslamForFools
    Sep 29, 2016 at 1:43 am
    These artists shud be shot dead when they come India and garner money, also people who go watch them, shud also be punsihed and terrorized in some way
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    1. Chandrashekhar Deshpande
      Sep 29, 2016 at 12:56 am
      Some time it is wonder to think that how the people of insane mind calls the people from enemy country to get entertaintment from them and give them somuch importance just as Hindi Cinema Heroine and Hero Dance before villain. That way the so called fans of this Singer do not come forward to encourage the local artists.The hopless anti Indian minds must be trash at once.
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        mohan
        Sep 29, 2016 at 3:48 am
        The sentiments expressed should be of every Indian.It is a matter deep regretandshame that we have become so heartless that we enjoy Ghazals of gulam ali with a gl of wine in our handsandpay him in dollorsandfeed the enemy to kill our soldiers with deceit.What sort of ppl we are?Why we have lost all sense of prideandsense of respect for our motherland?What has gone wrong?I think it is the corrupt money which ppl have acquired by dishonest means which has given these ppl a false sense of respect anddisrespect for the honousecurity of the country .We Indians should realise our duty to our motherland� forget the valousacrifice of our brave soldiers.
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          shreesh
          Sep 29, 2016 at 2:27 am
          Perfect way forward...no stani artist should be allowed in India
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            IndianAtHeart
            Sep 29, 2016 at 6:33 am
            Instead of organizers should invite an Indian singer for the event. That should be the way forward till s mend their ways.
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