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Pakistan artistes disappointed over Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar cancelling Karachi visit

After the Pulwama attack, Shabana Azmi said she feels weakened in her belief that people-to-people contact can force the establishment to do the right thing.
By PTI |Karachi | Related News Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar cancel Karachi Arts Council event after Pulwama attack Shabana Azmi on father Kaifi Azmi: His songs had little philosophies of lifeSoorma screening: Sachin Tendulkar and family watch Diljit Dosanjh movie Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar were invited to Pakistan by the Karachi Arts Council for a two-day event.
The literary and arts community of Pakistan has expressed disappointment over Shabana Azmi and husband Javed Akhtar cancelling their Karachi visit, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Advertising Shabana and Javed sahab have always been seen as progressive people who have spoken out in favour of bettering Indo-Pak relations.So their reaction to the Pulwama incident has come as a surprise to the arts and literary community in Karachi, Omair Alavi, a well-known film critic, said.The Arts Council of Pakistan, on Saturday, said it regretted the two artistes decision.Arts Council president Ahmed Shah also expressed regrets over Akhtars comments. His comments do not seem appropriate for a literary person.Shabana Azmi on Friday said she and Javed Akhtar have decided not to attend Kaifi Azmis birth centenary celebrations in Karachi. The couple was invited to Pakistan by the Karachi Arts Council for a two-day event.
Advertising After the attack, Azmi said she feels weakened in her belief that people-to-people contact can force the establishment to do the right thing.The Arts Council president said he felt sorry that Azmi has lost hope.I dont criticize her but we deeply feel saddened the way she had expressed disappointment after the Pulwama attack, he said.

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