Atif Aslam responds to Independence Day parade controversy

Published: August 10, 2018
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Yesterday, attendees of a Pakistani Independence Day parade in New York called out local singing sensation Atif Aslam for performing Indian songs at the event. While some criticised the Aadat singer for his act, many of Atif’s loyal fans were quick to stand up for him.

Atif Aslam criticised for singing Indian song at Independence Day parade in New York

After the much-heated debate on Twitter, Atif has finally released his statement on the matter. Starting off with #NeverGiveUp, he said, “Simply love my haters. Undoubtedly, Allah is the only one who can make someone worthy of respect or not. The Pakistani flag is my identity and my fans know that I respect it a lot. I’m glad that my fans know how to deal with propaganda against me.”

Atif hoped that ‘Naya Pakistan’ can help people realise that they need to respect others, especially those who work hard everyday to make the country proud.

Earlier, Shafqat Amanat Ali also came to Atif’s rescue. The Khamaaj singer, who has previously been at the receiving end of such hate, seemed to sympathise for Atif. He wrote, “I stand in support with Atif 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.” Acknowledging the gesture, Atif thanked Amanat for his continuous support.

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At the parade, Atif 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.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Nazneen
    Aug 10, 2018 - 1:42PM

    I fully support Atif. He is a very very good sibger of Pakistan. ERecommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick
    Aug 10, 2018 - 2:25PM

    I am no great fan of Aslam and also don’t know many of his songs but I gather he is popular both in India and Pakistan. I am, however, dussapointed the way people have reacted to his singing a song that was made in India. With this sort of a mind-set I don’t think we can make political headway amongst the people of both countries nor will we ever achieve peace. Such an attitude is counter-productive to easing of tensions bereee the two countries Recommend

  • Khalil
    Aug 10, 2018 - 8:00PM

    He did not hold Pakistan flag or sing Pakistani patriotic songs upon the request of his Indian manager. he’s another adnan sami in the making. do not support him. boycott atif aslam Recommend

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