Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has been trolled on social media and also criticised by the country’s mainstream media, for singing an Indian song at Pakistan Independence Day function in New York earlier this month. Atif, who has lent his voice to many Bollywood songs, sang one of his Indian tracks ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ from the 2009 film “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.
This prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him. A twitter user who uses the handle @sakhwa wrote, “Zero respect for Atif Aslam!” Another user with @Pakistani09 handle tweeted calling for boycott of the singer. “Boycott Atif Aslam @itsaadee Ap Ne Dil Tor diya #boycottAtifAslam #AtifAslam.”
After facing a lot of backlashes, Atif finally responded to the haters which can make his fans proud of him. He wrote, “#nevergiveup… Simply love my haters. Bayshak Allah izat denay aur rakhnay wala hai. Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or mere fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram kerna achi tarah janta hun. Mje bohat khushi aur fakhar hai k meray fans fake propaganda Ka jawab dena achi tarah Jantay hain .. I hope NAYE PAKISTAN main un sab logon ko izat dena jaan jayen gae jino ne PAKISTAN ka naam poori duniya mein roshan kia hai .. #change. ( Simply love my haters. Allah (God) gives respect and takes care of us. My nation’s flag is my identity and my fans know how much I respect it. I feel happy that my fans know to give answers to fake propaganda. I hope in ‘New Pakistan’, people would start giving respect to people who make Pakistan famous in the whole world.)”
However, many like vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has also lent his voice to some Indian songs, defended Atif. “I stand in support of Atif Aslam for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It’s just music. Singers are synonymous with their songs which are loved equally by fans from every country,” Amanat said.
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(With PTI Inputs)