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Shiv Sena blocks Ghulam Ali’s concert

 

 

NEW DELHI — A local Hindu nationalist party has protested the presence of a Pakistani singer and forced organizers to cancel his concert in Mumbai, India’s entertainment capital. Akshay Bardapurkar, a Shiv Sena leader, said inviting Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali to perform was an insult to all Indians as he belongs to a country which is firing bullets and killing Indian soldiers on their border. Ali was to perform in Mumbai on Friday, but the organizers canceled the show as Shiv Sena has a history of disrupting concerts by Pakistani artists. India and Pakistan have recently accused each other of unprovoked firing along their disputed border in Kashmir, killing some soldiers and civilians on both sides. Ali said he was disappointed by the organizers’ decision, but promised to perform in New Delhi in December at the invitation of Arvind Kejriwal, the Indian capital’s top elected leader. “The atmosphere is not conducive for me to perform.... I am not angry, I am hurt,” Ali told reporters on Thursday. — AP

 
   
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