File image from a concert in Pakistan
File image from a concert in Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, Aug 26: A planned musical concert in connection with Eid festival in the scenic Muree hills was cancelled on Sunday, after local religious clerics issued decree against the activity. The fatwa forced organisers to do away with their plan.

The two-day Youth and Family Festival was jointly organised by Parks and Horticulture Agency (PHA) and Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab at Cricket Stadium Bhurban, in order to entertain tourists and residents.

According to the official handout issued here, over 5,000 families had thronged the venue on the first day of the festival on Saturday, while a much bigger number of visitors were anxiously waiting for the musical concert on Sunday.

“Some angry religious cleric approached us after we had successfully advertised about the concert. Despite our requests that the musical concert was solely aimed at giving free entertainment to people in connection with Eid, the clerics demanded complete and immediate ban on the show,” Managing Director PHA Capt Mushtaq Ahmed told Dawn on Sunday.

“We had invited several well-known pop and classical singers to participate in the concert but we had to cancel the plan owing to the harsh criticism of local religious clerics,” Mr Ahmed, the chief organiser of the festival maintained.

However, he said that the festival proved to be a healthy activity as it also contained other recreational events including food streets, magic shows, cultural exhibitions, entertainment villages for children and women and many other things.

According to organisers, over 15,000 families were expected to reach the vast lawn of Bhurban Cricket Stadium, the venue, for watching the live concert but the religious clerics used loud speakers to condemn the music show thus forcing the managers to wind up the event.

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Comments (16)

August 27, 2012 7:20 pm
@Tabish Bilgrami i disagree, on the contrary, secularism and atheists are increasing day by day. And that is why i will not criticise the actions by clerics. Our society is going extreme on both ends and both are equally dangerous for Pakistan. And both should be stopped. Only clerics should not be criticised, those fake liberals should be criticised equally
August 27, 2012 1:56 pm
Under which law are they allowed to do this. There is no law in the state the prevents people from having a concert or any entertainement whatsoever. The authorities should file a case against these people
August 28, 2012 1:16 am
Yes this is the beginning of the end.
Bakhtawer Bilal
August 27, 2012 3:09 pm
Peace, love and enlightenment were not the only trait that made the Queen forces vacate India.
August 27, 2012 3:15 pm
Mullahs are slowly taking over Pakistan.
Tabish Bilgrami
August 27, 2012 12:16 pm
Extremism increasing day by day in our society… The best part is that hardly 2 to 3 kilometers away from Bhurban Cricket Stadium (where concert was supposed to be held), there is a cantonment area still the clerics used loud speakers openly and stopped the concert…….. Hats off to law enforcement agencies!!!!
Abdul Waheed
August 27, 2012 12:40 pm
Religious extremist elements who are in minority have made hostage to our peace loving, moderate enlightened majority. Its so sad our people cannot do / watch such healthy entertaining activities..
August 27, 2012 1:42 pm
appeasement. beware islamabad and pindi party goers you are just a stone throw away from these zealots.
Jehanzeb Naeem Khan
August 27, 2012 1:30 pm
Tabish, they needed you there... With your hands to do justice to the perpetrators!!! LOL :) One slap on the back and they would vaporise!
August 27, 2012 1:04 pm
new low!
August 27, 2012 12:44 pm
Is this the Beginning of Pakistan's end??
August 29, 2012 8:56 am
Pls don't enforce your religion on other muslims
August 28, 2012 5:07 am
No there are laws in cannot make concerts publically...We should should follow our religion strictly.
August 28, 2012 5:09 am
Why are you saying like this...We should should follow our religion strictly.
August 28, 2012 5:10 am
Buddy. they are using speaker for security...making noises and other things are not permitted in our religion...We should should follow our religion strictly.
August 28, 2012 5:11 am
it is already started in the name of jihad war...
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