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After terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama distric, Lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar and his wife and actress Shabana Azmi cancelled their plan to attend her father Kaifi Azmi’s 100th birth anniversary celebrations in Karachi.

On Friday, Akhtar wrote on Twitter, “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.”


In one of the deadliest terror attacks on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, a suicide terrorist from the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad exploded a car with explosives right next to a bus carrying the CRPF soldiers.

Shabana wrote on her twitter “@Javedakhtarjadu and I were invited for a 2 day event and we were truly looking forward to it. I appreciate that our hosts–the Karachi Arts Council mutually agreed to cancel the event in the wake of Pulwama attack.”


Akhtar, who had penned the CRPF anthem which was launched in 2014, also took to Twitter to pay his condolences.

“I have a special relation with CRPF. I have written their anthem, before putting the pen to paper I met a number of CRPF officers and whatever I learned, my respect, admiration and love for these braves increased by many a fold. Today I share the grief of the dear ones of the martyrs,” he wrote.

Azmi condemned the attacks and said she stands united with the grieving families.

“Will there be no let to these heinous attacks? These mindless killings. This utter disregard for human lives? Extremely shocking news coming from Pulwama. I strongly condemn the worst terror attack on CRPF convoy,” she wrote.

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