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Pakistani Artist Cancels India Concert Following Threats From Nationalist Group

PUNE, India (CelebrityAccess) — Pakistani artist Atif Aslam canceled a concert scheduled for April 25 in Pune, India, reportedly after receiving death threats allegedly from India's far-right political faction Shiv Sena.

According to NDTV, members of Shiv Sena had allegedly threatened to disrupt the concert if it took place and voiced an ideological objection to Aslam performing in the city.

NDTV reported that more than a thousand tickets to the show had already been sold, and would be refunded.

Founded in 1966 by the late Indian politican Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena has a decidedly nationalistic bent and has in the past leveled threats against Pakistani athletes to dissuade them from competing in India.

Atif Aslam has a huge following in India, creating a number of popular songs that have been featured in Bollywood films, as well as serving as a judge on Indian reality television. – Staff Writers