LAHORE: Moneeza Hashmi, a daughter of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and trustee of the Faiz Foundation Trust, was not allowed to attend the 15th Asia Media Summit held in New Delhi on May 10 even though she had been invited to speak at the event.
The organisers of the event, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD), had invited Ms Hashmi to the meeting in her capacity as head of the creative and media wing of KASHF Foundation, Pakistan, and requested her to speak on “Should all good stories be commercially successful”.
“On arrival at the hotel in New Delhi [on May 9] where the summit was to be held I was told that no room was booked in my name as no Pakistani was invited to the event. No one was willing to register me for the summit despite being a guest speaker,” Ms Hashmi said on Sunday.
“When I took up the matter with the organisers [AIBD] they expressed their helplessness [because of pressure from the Indian government] and apologised for the inconvenience to me,” she said.