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Lyrics Of Diplomacy

Pakistan is wooing Indian stars—for peace and money

Lyrics Of Diplomacy
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Lyrics Of Diplomacy
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But all this could change now. Amid fresh peace initiatives between the two neighbours, the Pakistani army is now singing a completely different tune—officially inviting top Indian singers to perform for them. And, as if taking a cue from the army, even the entrepreneurs want to cash in on this change of heart and have launched their own initiatives to stage music concerts in Pakistan with Indian celebrities.

Consider this:

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to officially invite legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar for three concerts in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Lata, who will be accorded a state guest's status, is expected to visit Pakistan by the year-end. Says Zahid Bashir, pcb's marketing director: "We are in constant touch with her nephew. We have already got the initial nod from her. It would greatly help break the ice between India and Pakistan." For pcb, the Lata shows are a master-stroke—they come with the twin promise of raising the much-needed moolah to develop cricket in the country and help ease tension between the two governments.
  • The army has decided to invite Asha Bhonsle, with Adnan Sami, to perform for the saf games in Pakistan in October this year. They are also hopeful that India will confirm their participation soon.
  • A leading hotelier, better known for his proximity to top army brass, is currently negotiating with A.R. Rahman for two concerts in the memory of the late sufi maestro, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
  • Sonu Nigam has confirmed his participation for a concert later this year organised by an event management company.
  • Lucky Ali is performing in Karachi on July 7 at the 35,000-seater hockey stadium with his Pakistani counterpart, Hadiqa Kiyani.
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