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Bhurban concert cancelled as clerics have their way

Published Aug 27, 2012 03:29am


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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) Closed

Sal Aug 27, 2012 07:20pm
@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
kdspirited Aug 27, 2012 01:56pm
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
Dehwar Aug 28, 2012 01:16am
Yes this is the beginning of the end.
Bakhtawer Bilal Aug 27, 2012 03:09pm
Peace, love and enlightenment were not the only trait that made the Queen forces vacate India.
Karim Aug 27, 2012 03:15pm
Mullahs are slowly taking over Pakistan.
Tabish Bilgrami Aug 27, 2012 12:16pm
Extremism increasing day by day in our society
Abdul Waheed Aug 27, 2012 12:40pm
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..
Umer Aug 27, 2012 01:42pm
appeasement. beware islamabad and pindi party goers you are just a stone throw away from these zealots.
Jehanzeb Naeem Khan Aug 27, 2012 01:30pm
Tabish, they needed you there... With your hands to do justice to the perpetrators!!! LOL :) One slap on the back and they would vaporise!
smj Aug 27, 2012 01:04pm
new low!
Sohraab Aug 27, 2012 12:44pm
Is this the Beginning of Pakistan's end??
Ali Aug 29, 2012 08:56am
Pls don't enforce your religion on other muslims
AbdulShek Aug 28, 2012 05:07am
No there are laws in cannot make concerts publically...We should should follow our religion strictly.
AbdulShek Aug 28, 2012 05:09am
Why are you saying like this...We should should follow our religion strictly.
AbdulShek Aug 28, 2012 05:10am
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.
AbdulShek Aug 28, 2012 05:11am
it is already started in the name of jihad war...