first_imgReacting to the development, Pakistan High Commissioner Reacting to the development, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit expressed disappointment and said cultural exchanges are important elements of bilateral ties which his country “encourages”. “We do encourage artistes to visit both sides and perform. As far as Pakistan is concerned, our policy is very constructive, very positive. When Indian artistes go to Pakistan, they do not come across such opposition,” he said in Delhi. Earlier Fadnavis told PTI that his government would give full protection to Ali. “He should not be dragged into any unnecessary controversies,” he said. Before that, Minister of State for Home Ranjeet Patil said action will be taken against anybody who tries to take law into his or her own hands. “The organisers or the management of Shanmukhananda Hall (the venue) have not lodged complaint…once they do, action will be taken,” he said. In New Delhi, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi voiced disagreement with Sena, saying, “This is not justified. Ghulam Ali is a messenger of peace. Such messengers of peace should not face restrictions of boundaries.” Earlier, in a letter to the management of Shanmukhananda Hall, Shiv Senas cine wing Chitrapat Sena had said it would have to face the “anger of Shiv Sena and the patriotic people” if it invited any Pakistani artist. Chitrapat Sena office-bearer Mangesh Satamkar said in the letter that Shiv Senas stand had been that until Pakistan stopped terror activities, there should be no cultural, sporting and political relations with it. Maharashtra Congress late this evening hit out at Shiv Sena, saying the party was indulging in petty politics because it had been marginalised in the government. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said Sena had no other work than criticising the Centre and the state government, of which it is a part, through its mouthpiece Saamana. “Senas word does not carry weightage (in government) and this is why they are resorting to such petty politics. The issues between India and Pakistan have to be resolved by the Centre….art, culture and sports should not be brought into this,” the Congress leader added. PTI VT MM MR NRB KRK ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

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