Maharastra Nivnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray has demanded and set a 48-hour deadline for the Pakistani actors and artists working in India to ‘get out of India’. Taking cue from Shiv Sena, which had vowed not to allow Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to promote their upcoming movies in Maharastra, MNS Chitrapat Sena, a MNS affliate, has also threatened the Pakistani actors to leave the country but nobody in particular. Their President Amey Khopkar said that if they didn’t, these ‘sena’ people will push them out.
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These horrific demands are raised when India is amongst a heightened time with the neighboring country Pakistan. After terrorists killed eighteen Indian army personnel at an Army Camp in Uri, Kashmir, the blame fell on Pakistan for the attack. There were reports from the probe agencies who proved this blame, as they had recovered weapons and ammunition bearing Pakistan’s insignia from the attack site. Pakistan has, however, flatly rejected New Delhi’s claims of involvement in the Uri terror attack, stating that the latter has a traditional tendency to point fingers at the former whenever a terror attack takes place on Indian soil. Prime Minister condemns the attack and has promised the nation, that this attack won’t go unpunished.
But this outrageous behavior towards Pakistani people working in India is not the first of its kind. There have been threats earlier to Pakistani artists by Mumbai-based political parties. Shiv Sena has earlier forced the noted ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to cancel his performance in Mumbai. They had also threatened to launch a stir against a cricket match between Pakistan and India during the T20 World Cup.
Many see this behavior of Sena as impractical including Barkha Dutt, who took to Twitter to express – “Oh for God’s sake, stop targeting Pakistani actors & artistes in the film industry. Tough ‘Action’ is about real targets, not fall guys”. The Sena move is obviously very illogical because the actors and the artists could not have possibly been involved in the terror attack. Only on the pretext that they belong to the nation that is responsible for it, does not give justice to the fact them being threatened. India has enough man power to take on Pakistan’s army if it comes to that. The central government is looking after the matter and meanwhile, the other smaller parties should better stay away from doing such big atrocities.
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