A concert by popular Pakistani singer Atif Aslam scheduled for October 15 in Gurgaon has been cancelled. The decision was taken after opposition by right wing Hindu groups across the country, who have called for expulsion of Pakistani artistes from India after the Uri attack that killed 18 soldiers.
The concert was to be held at Leisure Valley Ground in Sector 29. Aslam’s concert on August 27 had been cancelled because of financial issues.
The members of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, demanding cancellation of the show.
“We want the district administration to cancel this event...it should not be allowed,” Rajiv Mittal, national general secretary of the organisation, said. He said in case the event is allowed, the organisation will mobilise members, and oppose it tooth and nail.
“Atif Aslam’s concert is definitely on but the recent dip in relations might lead to some delay. The money will be refunded,” Tapish Gupta, CEO, Koncept Entertainment, said.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash said they will keep the prevailing tension in mind while taking a decision with regard to the concert. “We will seek more information from the home department and take a decision,” he said.