Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar and his wife and actress Shabana Azmi have turned down an invitation to appear for a programme on poet Kaifi Azmi in Pakistan after the Pulwama attack in Indian-Administered Kashmir.
The invitation was extended by the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. “Karachi Arts Council had invited Shabana and I for a two-day literature conference about Kaifi Azmi and his poetry. We have cancelled that,” he tweeted.
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 “
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 15, 2019
Earlier this month, it was confirmed by Indian media that Azmi and Akhtar would visit Karachi to attend a conference on poet Kaifi Azmi. Kaifi Azmi is her father.
Many celebrated poets and famous personalities from Pakistan and across the border have been invited for the event, which will be held from February 23 to February 24.