Pulwama Terror Attack: Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi cancel invitation by Karachi Art Council in Pakistan
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi have turned down the invitation to appear for a programme on poet Kaifi Azmi in Pakistan.
The horrific Pulwama terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday have already seen some cascading effects. The first one comes from lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar and his wife and actress Shabana Azmi. The duo have turned down the invitation to appear for a programme on poet Kaifi Azmi in Pakistan. The invitation was extended by Karachi Art Council.
On Friday, Javed Akhtar wrote on Twitter, “Kranchi art council had invited. Shabana and me for a two day lit conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have cancelled that. In 1965 during the indo Pak war Kaifi saheb had written a poem. Aur Phir Krishan Ne Arjun Se Kaha.”
As per reports, more than 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and several others critically injured when an explosives-laden vehicle drove into a bus carrying soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday. This terror attack is considered to be one of the worst terror attacks to have taken place since the Uri military base camp attack in 2016.
Javed Akhtar also condemned the horrific carnage and wrote, "I have a special relation with CRPF. I have written their anthem before putting the pen to paper I met a number of CRPF officers n whatever I learned my respect admiration and love for these braves increased by many a fold Today I share the grief of the dear ones of the martyrs." Shabana Azmi, too, condemned the henious killings and took to Twitter to express her grief.
Scores of Bollywood celebrities including Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt among others took to Twitter to grieve the loss and offer condolences to families of the martyred soldiers.