In the wake of Pulwama terror attack that killed 42 CRPF personnel and left many others injured on February 14, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has announced a ban on Pakistani artists working in the Indian film industry.
The association on Monday declared that it would ban and take strong action against any organization that insists on or is found working with Pakistani nationals, a leading news agency reported.
AICWA general secretary Ronak Suresh signed a notice titled ‘Pakistani Artists Banned in Film Industry’, which reads, “All Indian Cine Workers strongly condemns brutal terrorist attack on our soldiers at Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, AICWA stands with the nation in confronting such terror and inhumanity. We’re officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry.
“Still if any organization insists on working with Pakistani Artists will be banned by AICWA and a strong action will be taken against them. Nations comes first, we stand with our nation.”
— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
The AICWA decision comes a day after Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Nava Nirman Sena (MNS) warned record labels to drop Pakistani singers, which caused T-Series to delist two of their newly-released singles by Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan from its YouTube channel.
With the AICWA declaration actor Ajay Devgan also announced that his latest venture ‘Total Dhamaal’ won’t release in Pakistan. “In light of the current situation, the team of ‘Total Dhamaal’ has decided to not release the film in Pakistan” Devgan wrote in Twitter.