Talented young musician Usman Riaz, who made a debut in the music industry with his single Firefly, took to Facebook to express his feelings towards sectarian attacks and ensuing protests in the country.
On the Usman Riaz Facebook page, the artist shared artwork with the caption “An illustration I made a while ago, sad that it is still relevant.” The image shows a bloodstained Pakistan flag with the crescent and star inverted to show a sad face.
“I made this around two years ago,” Riaz told The Express Tribune. “I don’t remember what happened exactly but it was for a school assignment. [I posted it last night] because it fits perfectly with the tone of what is happening…”
He continued: “It is really depressing. I don’t want to include politics in my work, but I just wanted to use this illustration to create awareness and show others what is happening. The bloody flag and sad face — it’s how people feel here in Pakistan.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2013.
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