'No political agenda', Salman on Ghulam Ali cancelling shows


Pakistani Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali cancelled all his futures concerts in India in wake of the political unrest between two countries. But Bollywood superstar Salman Khan finds no ‘political agenda’ in Ghulam Ali cancelling his shows in India scheduled to take place in Delhi on December 3 and in Lucknow on November 25.

He says art knows "no boundaries" and it is appreciated by both countries equally. "I don't think that there is a political agenda. It is not a political thing. I don't think art and culture should be got into all this," Salman told IANS when asked about the scraping of Ghulam Ali's concerts.

The 49-year-old, whose last film ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ performed well in Pakistan, asserted that art should be appreciated across all regions.

"This is art. There is no boundary in that. You look at the Zindagi shows. They are doing so well. Everyone loves to watch it, even my mother loves to watch them. Art has to be appreciated," said the actor.

Censor board member Ashok Pandit appreciated Ghulam Ali for his decision. "Ghulam Ali has taken the right decision. I appreciate this decision. Other artists from Pakistan should also take the lead and decide not to come to India till their country starts behaving well with our soldiers. I appreciate he understands that Pakistan is killing our soldiers. They cannot be using India as an ATM. I have never seen him criticize what Pakistan has been doing," he said.

Last month, the Pakistani ghazal maestro's concerts in Mumbai and Pune were cancelled due to the protest by Shiv Sena.