Bhopal: Ex-Governor Aziz Qureshi has written to chief minister Kamal Nath asking him to cancel Jashn-e-Urdu festival to be organised next week and to donate the proposed amount to welfare fund set up for martyrs. Talking to Free Press, Qureshi confirmed about the letter and said that the whole country is mourning the dastardly attacks of Pakistan sponsored terrorists in Pulwama. “It is a national mourning and grief for the entire population. During the tragic moment we cannot allow any festival of dance, drama or poetry,” said Qureshi.
The Jashan-e-Urdu festival organized by the MP Urdu Academy- part of state culture department- is scheduled from February 26. Strongly objecting to the programme, Qureshi has questioned the expenditure of Rs 40-50 lakhs on this show.
‘I very strongly object and protest, with all the fervor at my command that in view of this grim tragedy and national mourning this celebration of joy (Jashan-e-Urdu- Urdu festival of Joy and Happiness) must be cancelled and the entire proposed money of its expenditure must be donated to welfare fund set up for the martyrs,’ wrote Qureshi.
Ex- governor said that there are some forces who will oppose this suggestion for their own selfish and vested interests to gain personal benefit from this function.
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