Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi cancel visit to Pakistan over terror attack

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi have cancelled their upcoming trip to Pakistan, following the Pulwama terror attack that killed over 40 CRPF personnel on Thursday

Written by February 15, 2019 18:53

New Delhi: Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi have cancelled their upcoming trip to Pakistan, following the Pulwama terror attack that killed over 40 CRPF personnel on Thursday.

Akhtar wrote, “Don’t get upset with me. Talk to those who are running your country, who are protecting and nurturing terrorists like Masood Azhar. “

The couple was scheduled to attend poet Kaifi Azmis birth centenary celebrations in Karachi.

“Karachi 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,” Akhtar wrote on Twitter.

Responding to one of the comments on his tweet, Akhtar wrote, “Don’t get upset with me. Talk to those who are running your country, who are protecting and nurturing terrorists like Masood Azhar. Those who had sent Qasab to my city. If you are getting a terrible reputation they are responsible no one else.”

Expressing her anguish, Shabana Azmi tweeted, “I am filled with pain and grief and all else ..by the dastardly #Pulwama attack . For the 1st 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.”