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M S Bitta backs MNS for its campaign against Pak artistes

india Updated: Jan 17, 2009 20:44 IST

All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) Chairman M S Bitta on Saturday in Mumbai said he supports the campaign against Pakistani artistes launched by Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

"I fully support whatever Raj Thackeray is doing. Why Pakistani artistes should be allowed to perform here in India?" said Bitta.

"There should not be any exchange of culture, trains should not be run between two countries and even cricket should also be not played with Pakistan," He said.

On Wednesday night, Shakeel Siddqui, a popular television stand-up comedian, was forced off a studio in a north-west suburbs allegedly by activists of MNS since he hailed from Pakistan.

Siddiqui had gone to the studio allegedly to clear some dues when the group of MNS activists stormed the set and demanded that he leave the country.

The Pakistani comedian is known for his performances on television serials like 'Comedy Circus' and is among the better known faces in the field of stand-up comedy.

On Friday, M N Singh, former police commissioner of Mumbai, had supported the campaign of Raj Thackeray stating that the Thackeray was doing right thing by raising this issues and removing Pakistani artistes from television show.