After Pulwama attack, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar pull out of an event in Pakistan

File image of Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 15, 2019, 04.04 PM (IST)

The recent terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama district of Kashmir has been termed as the biggest attack on CRPF in J&K. The attack killed 40 jawans of the and several others are injured. The news of the attack has sent shock waves across the country with almost everyone strongly condemning the heinous act of terror. In the wake of the recent attack, celebrity couple Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar have decided to cancel an event that they were scheduled to attend in Karachi in the coming few days.

The event was to mark the centenary year of late poet Kaifi Azmi. His daughter, actress Shabana Azmi took to Twitter to announce the cancellation of the event. "@Javedakhtarjadu n I were invited for a 2 day event celebrating #Kaifi Azmi centenary. I appreciate that our hosts #Karachi Arts Council have mutually agreed with us to cancel the event at the nth hr in view of the dastardly Pulwama Massacre," Azmi tweeted.

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Earlier, Javed Akhtar had strongly condemned the incident and tweeted, "I have a special relation with CRPF. I have written Their anthem Before  putting the pen to paper I met a number of CRPF officers n whatever I learned my respect admiration and love for these braves increased by many a fold Today I share the grief of the dear ones of the martyrs."

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In the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir, around 40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday when their convoy was targeted by a suspected suicide bomber of Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pulwama district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. 

The convoy of 78 buses, in which around 2500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, came under attack at around 3.15 pm at Ladhu Modi Lethpora. This is the deadliest attack on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier in September 2016, an Army camp was stormed by terrorists in Uri, killing 19 soldiers. Prior to that, 28 BSF personnel were killed in an attack on a convoy of the paramilitary force in 2004.