Pakistan on Wednesday criticised India for "anti-Pakistan prejudice" as the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) upheld its ban on Pakistani performing artistes. Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said;
It is unfortunate that art and cinema, which bring people together by acting as cultural bridges, are being held hostage to hate and xenophobia.Faisal also added;
Unfortunately this decision, following several others, including non-issuance of visas to Pakistani pilgrims, refusal to allow participation of Sikhs and Katas Raj pilgrims, and cancellation of sports matches, underscores the growing intolerance and bias prevalent in India.These decisions taken and/or upheld by the Indian government "expose it of (becoming) a sham-ocracy", the spokesperson said. Earlier this month, politician Babul Supriyo had asked for a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the Hindi film industry. He had also objected to the inclusion of Pakistan singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice in the film "Welcome To New York". After the present scenario, Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has been repeatedly shrugging off requests to promote his latest song "Sehmi hai dhadkan" from the forthcoming Bollywood film "Daas Dev", says its producer Sanjeev Kumar. Kumar said in a statement;
Atif said he will do it, but it hasn't been done. I'm not sure why he isn't taking part in the activity, but, as a producer, I see that work promised hasn't been executed."Sehmi hai dhadkan" was launched on February 22 as the first song from Sudhir Mishra's film "Daas Dev", a contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel "Devdas".
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