MNS serves 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to leave India

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday (Sept. 23) issued a fresh statement asking actors and artists from Pakistan to leave India and served an ultimatum of 48 hours. The threat comes in the wake of the recent terror attack Uri.

"From Pakistan's side lot of terrorism is happening. Our soldiers are being killed by them. MNS has taken this stand right from the beginning that we shouldn't keep any relation with Pakistan. We have given them 48 hours to leave our country or else we will implement 'our approach' towards handling this," MNS vice president and spokesperson Vageesh Saraswat told The Times of India.

Saraswat added that if the Pakistani actors don’t leave within the given deadline, then they “will go to the places where they would be present and chase them out of our country.”

The Shiv Sena too reiterated its demand that Pakistani artistes and cricketers should not be allowed to work in India. "We are talking about banning them (Pakistanis) globally. Why we are continuing talks with them? Why are we indulging in diplomacy? As a nation, we should snap all ties with Pakistan immediately," Sena MP Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying.

Both Shiv Sena and MNS have previously also threatened against Pakistani performers working in India.

In October last year, renowned Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai commemorating the death anniversary of singer Jagjit Singh, had to be cancelled after Shiv Sena activists threatened to disrupt the show. They also objected to Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan working in Bollywood films and asked for a ban on them.

The political party also did not allow cricket matches with Pakistan on Maharashtra soil – a recent example being a T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan.