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Uri terror attack fallout: Trade show bars Pak participation

Minutes before declaring the cancellation of Pakistan’s participation, the organiser, an event company which goes by the name Glam Biz, dropped the word “Indo-Pak” from its cover page on social networking sites.

Written by Hina Rohatki | Chandigarh |
September 27, 2016 5:19:39 am
uri, uri attack, pakistani artists, indo-pak exhibition, riwaaz, Pakistan High Commission ,Aalishan Pakistan exhibition, indo-pak ties, india-pakistan relations, india news, latest news Minutes before declaring the cancellation of Pakistan’s participation, the organiser dropped the word “Indo-Pak” from its cover page on social networking sites. Express

The rising tension in India-Pakistan ties after the Uri terror attack have had a fallout in Chandigarh as well. The organisers of a trade show, to be held in the city from October 8-10, have cancelled Pakistan’s participation citing “national interest”.

In the past, all the Indo-Pak exhibitions held in Chandigarh have been huge crowd pullers.

In August a show was held in Kisan Bhawan in August, involving both countries which drew 50,000 people. Similarly, another exhibition, catering to wedding wear and fashion apparel, titled Nikah, was held at Himachal Bhawan in August which was a hit among the crowd.

Fifteen stalls from Pakistan and rest from India selling designer wear and fashion accessories were slated to be installed for the show, christened Riwaaz. A team comprising 20 people were scheduled to arrive from Pakistan for the event, however, the organisers Monday decided that it would be an all-Indian exhibition.

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Minutes before declaring the cancellation of Pakistan’s participation, the organiser, an event company which goes by the name Glam Biz, dropped the word “Indo-Pak” from its cover page on social networking sites. Sharing information on this development, a Glam Biz representative said their Facebook page was flooded with negative comments, and this had also forced them to hold back the hoardings they had planned to put up in the city.

A release by the company stated, “Looking at the Indo-Pak tensions and keeping in mind the huge public outcry against Pakistan for perpetrating the Uri attack, organisers of the upcoming Indo -Pak Lifestyle Exhibition — ‘Riwaaz’, have cancelled the showcasing of Pakistani designer wear, fashion and accessories at the exhibition. The exhibition will now be a completely Indian Affair.”

It further stated , “The exhibition has been rechristened as just ‘Riwaaz’ -Karwa Chauth & Diwali Special. We are Indians and believe in our culture. Now it is going to be 100% Indian,” said Gagan from Glambiz.

After the declaration, the organisers withdrew the application for permission for “Indo-Pak exhibition” from the office of UT Deputy Commissioner and submitted a revised application for only Indian stalls. Ajit Balaji Joshi, Chandigarh DC confirmed the withdrawal of the application by this company.

Though paper work for visas was almost done and permissions had been applied for on behalf of Pakistan team, the organisers informed them this evening that their collection won’t be showcased.

“They were eager to come but the interest of the nation is first for us. National interests are above the commercial interests. When we informed them, some were disappointed since they had readied their collection while some said that they were prepared for it,” added Gagan.

Last week, the Pakistan High Commission said an exhibition – Aalishan Pakistan, which was to be held in Delhi would not be held as the “environment in India is not conducive”.

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