New Delhi: The Pakistani singer Atif Aslam's concert organised by the Koncept Entertainment which was expected to take place at the Leisure Valley Park in Gurgaon/Gurugram Sector 29 on October 15 has been called off.
The Gurgaon administration, citing the sentiments of soldiers at the frontier, on Wednesday urged the organisers of a concert featuring Pakistani singer Atif Aslam to defer the event planned for October 15 in the city.
The advisory came in after the members of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal met Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T L Satyaprakash.
A letter was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner in which the members of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal said, "if the event takes place, and any incident happens because of it, the district administration will be responsible.”
As per Rajeev Mittal, national general secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal, “We are not against art, but we are aware that there is fighting on the border. The Prime Minister himself has said blood and water cannot flow together. In such a situation, it makes no sense that all of us sway to the music of Pakistani artists.”
The letter handed over to the Deputy said, “Gurgaon district administration plays with the sentiments of the country by giving Pakistani artists permission to perform here. On the one hand, soldiers are losing their lives at the border because of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, and on the other, the district administration is inviting them here as guests”.
Following the letter issued by the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal, the district administration also issued a release saying, "Considering the sentiments of armed forces/soldiers at the frontier, the organisers are advised by the district administration, Gurgaon, to defer the Atif Aslam concert.
Further disclosing the incident, Deputy Commissioner Satyaprakash said, “We are just issuing an advisory to the organisers that since sentiments of the armed forces are concerned and they should defer the concert. There are chances of public protest or incidents like shoe-hurling. But if they (organisers) want to go ahead with the concert, we have to provide security, but half-heartedly.”
The concert was organised by Koncept Entertainment and was expected to be held at the Leisure Valley Park in Gurgaon Sector 29 on October 15.