In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court rejected a petition that sought to ban artists from Pakistan in India. The petition, filed by cine worker and artiste, Faaiz Anwar Qureshi, had urged the government of India to prohibit Pakistani artists, including actors, musicians, singers, lyricists, and technicians, from collaborating with or working in India.
As per a report by Bollywood Hungama and Live Law India, the division bench of Justice Sunil B Shukre and Justice Firdosh P Pooniwalla ruled against this plea, emphasising the importance of promoting peace and cultural harmony through artistic exchanges.
The court’s ruling, delivered with a strong focus on the role of art, music, sports, culture, and dance in fostering unity and harmony, sent a powerful message. The judges observed, “A person who is good at heart would welcome in his country any activity which promotes peace, harmony, and tranquillity within the country and across the border. Art, music, sports, culture, dance, etc. are activities that transcend ethnicity, culture, and ethnicity and truly bring peace, tranquility, solidarity, and harmony within the nation and between nations. »
Emphasizing the idea that art transcends borders and brings people together, the court emphasized that being a patriot does not require being hostile to individuals from foreign countries , even from neighboring countries. They believe that a true patriot is someone who is altruistic, devoted to his country, and has goodwill.
The Court also emphasized the commitment of the Indian government to promote global peace and security, in accordance with Article 51 of the Indian Constitution. This is especially relevant as the Pakistan cricket team is participating in the ongoing World Cup 2023, which is being held in India. The court admitted that the presence of the Pakistani delegation in India for almost a month was due to the positive steps taken by the Indian government in the interest of peace and harmony. The Court’s decision emphasizes the importance of supporting initiatives aimed at international peace and security.
The call for a ban on Pakistani artists began in 2019, when many parts of the country demanded restrictions on cultural and artistic exchanges with Pakistan. As a result, artists such as Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, among others, refrained from working in India.