MUMBAI – After the Uri attack, Pakistani celebrities in India faced backlash as the tensions between the two countries escalated.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday gave a 48-hour deadline to all Pakistani artists to leave India or face consequences.

However, the police responded saying that the artists have nothing to worry about as long as they have valid documents, they will be provided with security, Geo news reported.

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“We will provide adequate protection as and when required,” Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said following the MNS threat.

However, MNS Vice-President Shalini Thackeray remained unfazed by the police statement and instead went on to say, “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.”

The MNS activists said that they would go and stop the shooting of films or tele-serials casting Pakistani actors after the deadline.

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Vageesh Saraswat, another party Vice-President, said that similar warnings have been issued in the past and have been followed by action.

“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,” Mr Saraswat declared.