Sat, Jul 22, 2017 | updated 04:14 AM IST

All Pakistani artists have left Mumbai, will hunt down whoever is still left: MNS

Updated: Sep 25, 2016 13:50 IST      
All Pakistani artists have left Mumbai, will hunt down whoever is still left: MNS

Mumbai [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Asserting that all Pakistani artists have left Mumbai following their 48-hour ultimatum, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Sunday continued to stay firm on their stand that no artist from the neighbouring nation will be allowed to work in Mumbai, adding that if anyone is still "hiding" in the city, they will be hunted down.

Speaking to the media here, MNS leader Amey Khopkar, chief of the MNS's cinema workers' unit Chitrapat Karamchari Sena confirmed that all Pakistani artists have left the city.

"The 48 hours are over and the Pakistani artists are not in Mumbai anymore. Zee has decided to shut down its channel 'Zee Zindagi' where they show Pakistani shows and I want to thank them for that," he said.

Thanking various T.V. shows and radio channels for responding to their call by discontinuing Pakistani actors and artists from their shows, Khopkar further said that he will ensure that they do not return to the city.

"You can be rest assured that they have left, but if any Pakistani artist is still left in the city and is hiding, we will hunt them down and throw them out of Mumbai," he added.

This development comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two nations after four terrorists killed 18 Army personnel at an Army camp in Uri region.

India has blamed Pakistan for the attack as probe agencies reportedly recovered weapons and ammunition bearing Pakistani insignia from the site.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has also targeted the promotions of Fawad Khan's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' and Mahira Khan's 'Raees' , saying that filmmakers and producers 'should not cast Pakistanis in their films'.

The Bollywood industry, however, is fuming over this move by the MNS and has vented its anger and frustration, calling on the party to keep politics away from art and culture.

Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh said actors have always been the first ones to be targeted, no matter whatever the agenda is.

"Artists are like soft targets, which is very unfortunate. The concentration is somewhere else and this is not the solution to it. If this was the solution then fair enough, but this is not the solution," said the 37-year-old actor.

Echoing similar sentiments, actor Sushant Singh Rajput said that politics and art should not interfere in each other's work.

The MNS workers' association on Friday said they would not allow the release of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushqil' and 'Raees' as the movies feature Pakistani actors while giving a 48-hour deadline to the stars from the other side of the border to leave India.

Khopkar warned Pakistani actors that they would face serious consequences in India if they do not leave the nation within 48 hours.

"We give a 48-hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or the MNS will push them out," said Khopkar. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], July 22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a case of criminal conspiracy and cheating against Delhi based company, for selling made-in-china parts camouflaged as 'Made in Germany' to Jabalpur's ordnance factory.

Full Story >>

Jeweler shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:31 IST     

Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 21 (ANI): A jeweler Sarvendra Pandey on Friday was robbed of cash worth Rs. 20 lakh and later shot by unidentified men in Hardoi district.

Full Story >>

Soldier killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in J-K

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:31 IST     

Nagrota (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 21 (ANI): Rifleman Jayadrath Singh was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday evening.

Full Story >>

Anil Kumar Raturi to take charge as DGP, Uttarakhand

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:16 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): Anil Kumar Raturi is all set to take charge as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttarakhand. He will take charge on July 24.

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 21 (ANI): Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu And Kashmir Nirmal Singh on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed various issues including cross border shelling and internal security in the state.

Full Story >>

UP Government transfers three IPS officers

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:14 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 21 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Government on Friday transferred three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

Full Story >>

Raveesh Kumar to be next MEA spokesperson

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 22:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): Consul General of India in Frankfurt (Germany) Raveesh Kumar will replace Gopal Baglay as Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson.

Full Story >>

India to host global conference on cyber space in November

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 22:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2017, the world's largest conference on cyber space here on November 23 - 24 and the conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] July 21 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre while digging out issues including Rohith Vemula suicide case, Dadri lynching case and demonetisation drive.

Full Story >>

Ravi Shankar Prasad terms Abdullah's advice unsolicited

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 22:11 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): Union Minister of Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir's former chief minister Farooq Abdullah's advice of a third-party intervention to resolve the Kashmir issue was unsolicited and has no meaning.

Full Story >>

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], July 21 (ANI): The Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday assured to extend support to the Centre to solve the issue of Indo-China border through diplomacy and dialogues.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday filed a prosecution complaint against several money launderers, as per the provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).

Full Story >>

Sushma Swaraj meets toddler from Pakistan after heart surgery

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 21:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Friday met Rohaan, the four-month-old toddler from Pakistan who underwent heart surgery at Jaypee Hospital in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Full Story >>

CAG Report flaps critical shortage of army's ammunition

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 21:33 IST     

New Delhi [India], Jul 21 (ANI): The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Friday flagged critical shortage of ammunition in the Indian Army.

Full Story >>

IT raid at ABIL founder's offices, residence

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:58 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The Income Tax Department (ITD) on Friday raided the residence and offices of Avinash Bhosale, Founder of ABIL Group.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay was appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Friday.

Full Story >>

Narayanasamy denies link with Kiran Bedi's 'Hitler' posters

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:32 IST     

Puducherry [India], July 21 (ANI): Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Friday denied any link with the posters that portrayed Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi as German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Full Story >>

Puducherry [India], July 21 (ANI): Miffed with a poster that projected her as German dictator Adolf Hitler, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on Friday said no one has the right to spoil the image of an officer.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru, (Karnataka), [India] (ANI-Businesswire India): Scientists across the globe are discovering novel ways to alter DNA so as to genetically engineer new forms of life. The Craig Venter Institute based in USA developed the first fully-synthetic life form in May 2010 (called 'Synthia') where the parents are a computer, literally!!

Full Story >>

Arunachal capital shutdown ends peacefully

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:18 IST     

By Pradeep Kumar

Full Story >>