A concert by Pakistan singer Atif Aslam in Gurgaon scheduled for October 15 has been "indefinitely postponed" by its organisers after they received an advisory from the district administration against holding it. The note suggested they defer the concert “since sentiments of the armed forces are concerned”, Deputy Commissioner TL Satyaprakash told The Indian Express. Koncept Entertainment agreed to do this, the English daily reported on Thursday.
The Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal had approached the Gurgaon administration with a letter warning them of disruptions at the concert. The letter claimed, “If the event takes place, and any incident happens because of it, the district administration will be responsible”. The letter blamed the authorities for “playing with the sentiments of the country by giving Pakistani artists permission to perform here”, because “ soldiers are losing their lives at the border because of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.”
Over the past few weeks, similar threats have been made against Pakistani artistes and actors all over the country by local outfits, including political parties such as the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. Ties between the two countries have deteriorated since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. Pakistan hailed Wani as a martyr, while India blamed it for stoking tension in the region.
In September, four militants from across the border attacked an Army base camp in Kashmir's Uri district, which India pegged on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. Pakistan, meanwhile, has taken up the ongoing unrest in Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly, saying Indian troops are violating human rights in the state. The armies of both countries have also made strong statements suggesting they are ready to launch an attack if the situation arises.