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Pakistan slams Javed Akhtar for cancelling Karachi visit

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Indian actress Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar have called off their plan to attend the literature festival in Karachi, Pakistan in the aftermath of Pulwana terror attack.

The event was to be held commemorating the famous Indo-Pak poet Kaifi Azmi. On Friday, Akhtar took to Twitter and stated to have called off their plan to visit Pakistan for a literature event that was to be organized in the Arts Council Karachi.

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“Karachi Art Council had invited Shabana and me for a two-day literature conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have canceled that,” he tweeted.

Responding to the tweet of Akhtar, Pakistani’s reminded him of Indian atrocities in Kashmir and how cleverly they are trying to brush the real issue under the carpet.



“Javed Akhtar and I were invited for a 2-day event celebrating Kaifi’s Centenary and were truly looking forward to it. I appreciate that our hosts the Karachi Arts Council mutually agreed to cancel the event at the nth hour in the wake of Pulwama attack,” Shabana Azmi also tweeted.

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She further wrote: “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.”

“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.

At least 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed on Thursday in Srinagar-Jammu Highway in Awantipora area of Pulwama district when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off as a convoy of military vehicles drove by.