New Delhi, India, February 18, 2019 —
The All India Cine Workers Association, on Monday, announced a complete ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the Indian film industry, ANI reported. The decision came in the light of the recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in which over 49 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans lost their lives in a suicide-bombing attack by Pakistan-based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed.
— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
Here’s what the official notice read:
All Indian Cine Workers Association strongly condemns the brutal terrorist attack on our soldiers at Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. AICWA stands with the nation in confronting such terror and inhumanity.
We’re officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry. Still, if any organisation insist on working with Pakistani Artists will be banned by AICWA and strong action will be taken against them.
Nation comes first, we stand with our nation.
Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), on Saturday, asked Indian music label companies to pull out songs of Pakistani artistes from their albums and videos.
“We have verbally communicated to music companies like T-Series, Sony Music, Venus, Tips Music etc to stop working with Pakistani singers,” said Mr Khopkar, adding that if they don’t do it immediately “we will take action in our own style.”
As a result, T-Series unlisted Atif Aslam’s latest music single ‘Baarishein’ on YouTube. Videos promoting these songs on television and radio were also stopped, say sources.
“T-Series has already removed Pakistani artists’ videos from their various channels from February 15 and has decided to ban them all in future. Other music companies are following them,” Amey Khopkar, President of MNS Chitrapat Sena, told news agency IANS.