Ali Zafar pens emotional letter urging Pakistanis to do more

Published: February 6, 2015
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Singer-actor Ali Zafar. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Singer-actor Ali Zafar. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Singer-actor Ali Zafar is set to release his song Urein Ge on February 7, 2015, as a tribute to the hundreds of young and innocent lives lost in the tragic attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

A day before the release, Zafar has penned an emotional letter, highlighting the importance of giving back to society:

For years, you have seen me sing, dance, act and perform to entertain you. My gratitude for your love, appreciation and admiration, can never be expressed through words.

Therefore I chose music.

I have always believed that an artist should be more than a tool for his art to resonate through. He must also resonate the voice of his surroundings by being socially aware and strive to contribute to his environment for the better in whatever little or large manner that he decides for himself.

Although I have been keenly contributing towards various social causes, I always chose not to personally highlight them, until last year.

The reason behind this shift was conscious. I thought it was time to not just do more, but also to motivate and inspire others to do more. I believed that we had no other choice left.

Through decades we have witnessed our society degenerate because of various socio-political reasons. If we don’t make and take a stand now, and continue to rely on others to do it for us, we will never attain, retain or sustain the status of a homeland we aspire for.

A progressive, peaceful, tolerant and positive Pakistan where the highest value would not just be to safeguard a human life but also of an animal’s. Where the three pillars defined by our Quaid – Unity, faith and discipline won’t be mere concepts in our textbook but would become our second nature. Where, as guided by the Holy Prophet (pbuh) people would be judged for their superiority on others through their piety, honesty, and sincerity and not their assets. Gone are the times, to remain in denial.

We must own and recognise our mistakes in order to rectify them and act fast to redefine ourselves and our true calling.

We are a resilient nation who has made it through the toughest of times and battles as we shall now. Let’s rise and play our part in creating a better future for all of us and our future generations.

What we went through on the day of 16/12 cannot be described in words. If not for ourselves, let us rise together for those children who gave their lives for our awakening. Let’s stand united for them and for our own children. Let’s look into their eyes and decide what we intend to leave behind for them.

I have travelled the world, seen it all. There is no better joy than giving. No better feeling than the feeling you get when you look beyond your personal and professional gains and aspirations and take a step towards something bigger and higher than yourself. So let’s start giving. And let’s do it together!

Personally, I have collaborated with a leading Pakistani educational non-profit organisation, The Citizens Foundation (TCF) and 141schools.org (141 SCHOOLS), a new citizen web movement. Together, they are building 141 schools across Pakistan. Each school will be dedicated to the children and teachers who lost their lives in attack on the 16th of December 2014. All proceeds from the downloads of the song will go to into building schools for the children of Pakistan and ensuring a bright future.

You can also play your part by responsibly downloading the song only through mentioned links of Taazi.com and iTunes who have also collaborated to send all profits for the cause. Please DO NOT download free pirated mp3s available online. You can also donate to building a school by clicking www. 141schools.org/alizafar.

And to sign off, I am deeply indebted to all the artists, who came and participated in the video. After I recorded the song, I thought about how I could take it beyond just a personal expression. I started calling my friends, acquaintances and colleagues from the industry, old veterans and upcoming stars, shared my thought of coming together for a cause greater then all of us and the response I met with further strengthened my belief…… that…Pakistan will rise!!!

Urainge us aasman mein; (We’ll fly in such a sky)

Rahainge aisay jahaan mein; (live in such a world)

Jahaan dard ka koi maara na ho; (where no one quivers in pain)

Akaila na ho be-sahaara na ho;(no one is lonely or left alone)

koi maa say bichara dulaara no ho; (no mother would live without her child) siva ishq kay koi chaara na ho; (nothing to choose from than love)

Sincerely yours,

Ali Zafar

Urein Ge features a host of stars, including singers Sajjad Ali, Haroon and Muhammad Ali Shehki, actors Sajid Hasan, Marina Khan and Bushra Ansari, Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Sanam Saeed, Humayun Saeed and Imran Abbas, and cricketer Shoaib Malik.

An exclusive sneak peak of the video can be viewed below:

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Reader Comments (2)

  • anjum ashraf
    Feb 7, 2015 - 9:51PM

    A laudable effort. Well done, but the real difference will be made when care is taken about the curriculum that will be taught in these 141 schools. KPK government is reintroducing all the hate material that was painstakingly removed from the province’s text books. Work has already started in this regard. There is much bigotry, intolerance and being taught through subliminal messages in the text books of all provinces. Number of schools will matter more if what is taught in them produces healthy minds with human values.Recommend

  • Khair
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:00PM

    Dear Mr. Ali Zafar
    Your song “Urein Ge” is a very good expressive song. I admire your effort to bring fellow musician along for “Urein Ge”. Your decision to donate all finances generated from sale of “Urein Ge” is to build more schools is also great. The impact of this song will be good.
    Greater impact would be for you and your fellow colleagues to go on concert tours all over Pakistan. This would be a source of strength for people and for your fans, who will gather in thousands to hear you and your musician friends, in peaceful protest, a standing up for the people, your fans, against few people who rule by creating fear, by creating anarchy like situation, to control you and I, your people, your fans. I am sure, if you, your fellow musicians and people of Pakistan join forces to eliminate the slime of terrorism, which has infiltrated infra-structure of Pakistani society, there is no way, I repeat there is no way, that such murderers can continue to commit crimes.
    Mr. Ali Zafar, you and your fellow colleagues are in an enviable position to en masse peaceful protest with your fans and people of Pakistan in tandem. This will have greater impact than very good and expressive song “Urein Ge”.
    So, why not do it. People of Pakistan need, celebrities like you to be with them, in their hour of need, in a concerted effort to rid the slime of terrorism from the Land of Pure, Pakistan.Recommend

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