Lately another incident of Indian hatred occurred as the Indian Hooligans destroyed the work of as many as 17 Pakistani artists which was on display at the Mumbai based International Creative Art Centre (Icac). The violence attack is followed by the persisting LOC tensions between the two neighboring countries. The Hindu extremist groups targeted the art exhibition which was organized by the coordinated efforts of Icac and Islamabad’s Gallery 6 in Ahmedabad.
According to an Indian newspaper the Indian extremist group Vishva Hindu Parishad is responsible for the incident that had destroyed all the exhibits there. Out of the 17 artists whose works were exhibited included Mudassar Manzoor, Sana Arjumand, R.M. Naeem, Omar Farid, Wahab Jaffer, Irfan Gul Dahri, Musarrat Naheed Imam, Masood A. Khan, Mughees Riaz, Mutaib Shah, Aqeel Solangi, Abrar Ahmed, Mansoor Rahi, Abid Hasan, Akram Spaul and Hajra Mansoor.
Dr. Arjumand Faisal of Gallery -6 talking to media told Icac approached the Pakistani Arts Academy and showed willingness to do a show with them in the mega city, Mumbai being inspired from the artists work put up on the website. The first show remained successful and hence it was decided that a similar show should be held again in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.
Faisal pointed out that similar tension had drifted during the first exhibition on the killing of one of the Indian soldiers but still 3 works of Pakistani artists were sold out of 50.
Faisal said that an Indian protested at the first exhibition, carrying a placard at Ni Gufa Gallery in Ahmedabad. However, phone call from Ravindra Marya of Icac telling about the art destruction had displeased him. The Icac man has had remained out of contact after the incident, possibly fleeing from the assailants.