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Protests in India: Samjhota Expressed stopped at Wagha, Ghulam Ali’s concert called off

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LAHORE: Indian authorities impeded Samjhota Express train stopping it to enter inside the country at Wagah railway station on Thursday.

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Indian officials did not give clearance to the train to cross the border and 57 Pakistani passengers were offloaded at Wagah Border when it was stopped.

When inquired from Pakistani official, he said Indian station commander declared the ongoing protests in India as detrimental for Pakistani passengers travelling towards India.

He added, however, that no written document was handed over to Pakistani officials regarding the act of stopping and offloading Pakistani passengers from the train.

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Meanwhile, the protests led by a ruling right-wing Hindu party has also caused calling off Ghulam Ali’s scheduled concert on Friday.

The party says that it won’t allow any Pakistani artist to perform until the situation in Kashmir has got better.

Ghulam Ali is quite popular not only in Pakistan but a great number of Indian also like to listen his ghazals in a live concert. Among many, Indian current prime minister Narendra Modi has also said he is a fan of Ghulam Ali.

“Ghulam Ali’s programme has been cancelled. Neither Ghulam Ali nor any Pakistani artiste will be performing at the 9 October event,” organizer Randhir Roy told reporters.

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