Pulwama Terror attack: Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi cancel Pakistan visit
Mumbai : Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar and his wife actress Shabana Azmi have decided not to attend an event in Pakistan. Akhtar on Friday took to Twitter to share that they will not be joining the event, being organised by the Karachi Art Council.
"Karachi Art Council had invited Shabana and me for a two-day literature conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have cancelled that," he tweeted.
Kranchi art council had invited. Shabana and me for a two day lit conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry . We have cancelled that . In 1965 during the indo Pak war Kaifi saheb had written a poem . “ AUR PHIR KRISHAN NE ARJUN SE KAHA “— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 15, 2019
A suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district. The death toll in the horrific suicide bombing rose to 49 on Friday.
The Thursday horror was the worst loss to security forces on any single day in Jammu and Kashmir since a separatist campaign broke out in 1989.
Condemning the attack, Shabana said that she is "filled with pain and grief".
"For the first time in all these years, I feel weakened in my belief that people to people contact can force the establishment to do the right thing. We will need to call halt to cultural exchange.
But lets not lose sight of d fact dat there is a difference between d Pakistani Establishment n d people of Pakistan n vice versa. On both sides of d border stand sisters n brothers divided by circumstances with which they had nothing 2 do.— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) February 15, 2019
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"There is no way we can carry on with cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan even as our martyrs are laying down their lives for us. I stand in solidarity with the grieving families," she added.