Published On: Tue, Sep 27th, 2016

Prohibiting artists encourage terrorists

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Salman Ahmad has stated that the aim of terrorists and extremists is to ban artistes, writers, actors and poets and it gives victory to them. Pakistani Sufi-rock band Junoon’s frontman Salman Ahmad’s comments came following the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) gave “ultimatum” to all Pakistani artistes to leave India within 48 hours or face trouble.

MNS had proclaimed the so-called ultimatum on September 23 to the entire Pakistani artist community to depart India. The political party announced on the media that there was “an anti-Pakistan” gesticulate crosswise India later than the 18 September terror attack that assassinated 18 Indian soldiers at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ahmad, who is set to expose Junoon’s 25th-anniversary exclusive album Junoon 25 in a variety of countries, involving India, told that halting cultural trades amid the two neighboring nations is not the answer.

Ahmad stated in an interview that “Terrorists and extremists don’t want people-to-people contact. They only want to create fear,”

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The singer further added that “We live in an inter-connected world. Indian actor Om Puri, whose Pakistani film Actor In Law is doing record business in Pakistan, in recent times, visited Pakistani cities and TV shows promoting the movie. Indian artistes are embraced by Pakistanis. In the same way, Indian music companies, movie producers and event organizers call Pakistani artistes as it also creates good business,”

Latest Bollywood film Rhythm uses Ahmad’s compositions and he is set to perform in India soon.

The Lahore-based guitarist and songwriter stated as well “After our new album Junoon 25 is released in November by Universal Music, Junoon hopes to do a world tour and we would love to perform for our Indian fans,” the Lahore-based guitarist and songwriter said.

It was inquired that whether he isn’t concerned regarding his safety in the country? And he remembered that when the band, with Ali Azmat and Brian O’Connell, initially visited India in 1998 later than the chart-topping number Sayonee, people on the whole inquired him the similar query as a nuclear bomb test had been conducted by India that year.

He replied that the band received “nothing, but just love” from Indian fans and the similar was factual for Indian artistes when they approach Pakistan for festivals.

He continued “I would rather rule hearts and minds of people by holding a guitar rather than holding a gun to somebody’s head,” he had worked with Indian classical artistes such as Samir Chatterjee and Kedarnath Havaldar on the imminent album.

The band has re-launched its entire catalogue of seven studio albums digitally. Now, at last, their novel studio album will be released universal this November.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.