In 2016, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) imposed a temporary ban on Pakistani artists working in Bollywood after the incident of Uri attack. The decision raised many eyebrows and a number of B-town celebrities also dared to question this ban.
Recently, the ace Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali also decided to break silence over the order and said that the entertainment industry is a soft target.
While talking to a private Indian news agency IANS, the Coke Studio singer said:
Art and entertainment industry is a soft target. They know that they can’t fight back, so just ban it. It is very easy. Otherwise, there is a lot of trade that is happening between India and Pakistan.
He further added:
If you go to the Attari-Wagah border, one can see trucks bringing goods and exchanging goods from both the sides. That import and export business is running full-fledged. People are waiting with their trucks and are off-loading.
He said that the ban won’t stop the artists to showcase their skills. They can easily express it through social media platforms.
If we stop that, it would lead to chaos. But they know that they if they put a ban on artistes or actors or people who are related to art, they will express themselves through media or social media platforms. Nothing else.
The singer was asked if he misses India to which he replied:
Of course, I do. If you talk to people who visited Pakistan to support their team in the last India-Pakistan match, (they will say) they went back after a very emotionally charged trip. They were given so much love. And we also received a lot of love, respect and appreciation for our work in India. I miss performing in India and it is high time that they lift the ban.
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