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Pulwama attack aftermath! Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar cancel their Karachi trip

Javed Akhtar – Shabana Azmi strongly condemn the Pulwama terrorist attack; cancel their trip to Karachi

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There’s worldwide outrage over the horrific attack that took place in Pulwama district, Kashmir on Thursday (February 14) that saw 38 CRPF army personnel martyred in a terrorist suicide bombing. As per reports, a suicide-bomber from the terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed an explosive-laden SUV into a bus carrying CRPF personnel. Following yesterday’s dastardly terror attack, many from the film industry took to the social media to express their anger and offer their prayers and condolences to the families of the jawans who lost their lives.

Also among them are veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar and his wife-actress Shabana Azmi, who were to head to Karachi to attend a 2-day event hosted by Karachi Arts Council to celebrate the actress’ father, the late poet, Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary. Akhtar tweeted that Shabana and he have cancelled their trip to Karachi where they were invited by the Karachi Art Council. Akhtar posted, “Kranchi 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”.” Check out the tweet here:

CineBlitz also got in touch with Shabana Azmi who was in the hospital recovering from swine flu. In her message shared exclusively with CineBlitz, Shabana said that it is time to call for a halt of all cultural exchange for now. Shabana said: “I am filled with pain and grief and all else by the dastardly #Pulwama attack. 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 as of now. There is no way we can carry on when our martyrs are laying down their lives for us. I stand in solidarity with the grieving families.”

The actress added, “Javed and I were invited by Karachi Arts Council for a 2-day event celebrating my father Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary. I appreciate that our hosts have mutually agreed to cancel the event at the nth hour in wake of the Pulwama attack. Rekhta has also cancelled their three-day celebration in Dubai which included a show of our play Kaifi aur Main by IPTA. All Indians stand united as one.” She continues, “But let’s not lose sight of the fact that we must not confuse the Pakistan establishment with the people of Pakistan and vice versa. On both sides of the border there are sisters and brothers who stand divided by circumstances they have had nothing to do with.”

B-Towners from Salman Khan to Priyanka Chopra to Arjun Rampal and Anushka Sharma have all expressed their anger over the Pulwama attack. Kangana Ranaut has even cancelled the success bash of her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi to condemn the terrorist attack.

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