The recent terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir saw the massacre of close to 40 CRPF jawans. The incident received widespread criticism from the government and abroad. Several Bollywood stars have also spoken against this attack on social media. Recently, actress Shabana Azmi spoke up, condemning the attack. The veteran actress mentioned that the time has come to put a stop to all sorts of cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan.
In a series of tweets, Azmi said that she is filled with grief and pain following the attack. She added that for the first time she felt “weakened in my belief that people to people contact can force the Establishment to do the right thing.” Reports said that the actress declined an invitation by the Karachi Arts Council following the attack. Speaking to Pinkvilla, Azmi said: "Javed and I were invited by Karachi Arts Council for a 2-day event celebrating my father Kaifi Azmi's birth centenary. I appreciate that our hosts have mutually agreed to cancel the event at the nth hour in wake of the Pulwama attack. Rekhta also cancelled their 3-day celebration in Dubai which included a show of our play Kaifi aur Main by IPTA.”
According to reports, the aftermath of the attack saw India summon the Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and lodged a diplomatic protest. Arun Jaitley even revoked the Most Favoured Nation status that the neighbours enjoyed since 1996.