The AAP government today invited Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali to perform in the national capital after his concert was cancelled in Mumbai due to Shiv Sena protests.
Ghazal maestro’s concert in Mumbai was cancelled yesterday after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt it, warning that no artiste from Pakistan will be allowed to perform in the city till terror emanating from across the border is stopped.
Organisers of the event had announced the cancellation after a meeting with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
The decision was taken despite a snub to Sena by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who said adequate protection would be provided to Ali and that the concert, organised in memory of late ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, would be held according to schedule.
A source close to Uddhav Thackeray had told that the Sena president asked the organisers to refrain from having any Pakistani artiste perform at such programmes.
Reacting to the development, Ali had said the concert was not cancelled from his end. “Atmosphere is not conducive for me to perform,” he had said, adding, he wants Indo-Pak ties to improve.