Jammu and Kashmir government will host singer Adnan Sami and his troupe for a musical concert on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar next month, media reports say.
Pakistan-born Sami, who was granted Indian citizenship last year, has in the past urged the “youth of Jammu and Kashmir to try and sort out issues amicably and not get influenced by the external forces.”
He received flak from his Pakistani fans after he tweeted in support of Indian Army and Prime Minister Narendara Modi for “carrying out surgical strikes against terrorists” ifollowing the Uri attack that killed 19 Indian army soldiers earlier this year.
“Buoyed by the response, which a Kashmiri singer Aabha Hanjura got recently in the Valley, the government hopes Sami, who is coming with his trope and many of his admirers, would help in the tourism sector, which for past two years has seen a slump,” Outlook India reported.
The chief secretary is holding a high-level meeting next week to see the arrangements, officials say. This would be his second meeting to finalize the arrangements.
According to the secretary tourism, Mohammad Hussain Malik the concert will be held on October 7, on the banks of Dal Lake at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre.
Last week, Kashmiri singer Aabha Hanjura’s show titled ‘Saaz-e-Kashmir’ was also organized on the SKICC lawns.
According to the officials, the State government would bear all cost of organizing Adnan Sami concert and the hosting Sami and his troupe.