MNS Vice-President Shalini Thackeray said that wherever shooting for films or teleserials with Pakistani actors was on after the deadline, MNS activists would go and stop them. "This is not a veiled threat. This is a direct challenge to producers like Karan Johar who promote Pakistani artistes. We are writing to all production houses, asking them not to give work to Pakistani artistes," Thackeray said.
Another party Vice-President, Vageesh Saraswat, said the party had issued similar warnings in the past and always stuck by them.
"Now, we have given them a specific deadline. Their countdown has begun. If they don't pack up and leave in 48 hours, we shall chase them away," Saraswat declared. However, the Mumbai police on Friday said that all foreign nationals, including Pakistanis who are in Mumbai with valid documents provided by the government of India, need not worry. "We will provide adequate protection as and when required," Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said following the MNS threat.
In the past, the MNS and the Shiv Sena have adopted an aggressive stance against Pakistani personalities visiting Maharashtra. Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali's scheduled concerts were cancelled in Mumbai and Pune in October 2015 and a public engagement axed in January this year.