Top Indian court dismisses request to outlaw Pakistani performers

By Saba Shafiq

| Published Nov 30, 2023 | 11:02 a.m.

On Tuesday, the Indian Supreme Court denied a request to prohibit Pakistani performers from performing in India and cautioned the petitioner against having a limited perspective on the matter.

Faaiz Anwar Qureshi, a film worker, filed an appeal with the Supreme Court after his initial case was denied by the Bombay High Court earlier this month.

Qureshi has requested that all Indian nationals, businesses, and organizations be prohibited from collaborating with Pakistani per

formers, including technicians, singers, musicians, actors, and lyricists.

Qureshi has requested that notices forbidding Pakistani artists from performing in India and from obtaining travel visas be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The bench deemed Qureshi's petition to be without merit and a step backward in the direction of fostering peace, harmony, and cultural harmony.

Additionally, the petitioner's request to enforce the private association resolutions through judicial orders was denied by the court, which stated that the resolutions were not statutory.

In his plea, Qureshi had also raised worries about the possibility that permitting Pakistan's cricket team to compete in the ICC Cricket World Cup in India might result in the engagement of Pakistani artists, so depriving their Indian rivals of possibilities.