Popular Pakistani folk singer Shaukat Ali Khan's much-awaited live performance in the city scheduled for Thursday as part of the Mother Language Day celebrations has been called off as the Indian High Commission in Islamabad refused him visa.
HT was informed about this by organisers Malwa Sabyacharak Manch and Dr AVM Public Senior Secondary School, Isa Nagri, where the celebration was scheduled.
Rajeev Kumar Lovely, president of the school management and representative of the Manch, said, "Music lovers of the city, other towns and villages of Punjab, writers, poets and our students were eager to watch the performance, and the move has come as a disappointment to them."
Gurbhajan Gill, former president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said this was not to be the maiden visit of the singer, who had been to India, especially Punjab, many a time. "No one expected that his visa would be rejected. Artistes like him bring people together irrespective of their religion, caste and culture," Gill said.