Popular Pakistani singer, Atif Aslam, who’s a big hit for his Bollywood tracks too has been trolled on social media and also criticized by the country’s mainstream media for singing a popular Bollywood song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York.
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 left some Atif fans disappointed, stating that he should not have performed Indian songs at a Pakistani parade. The performance prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him. They expressed their disgust over Atif online.
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
Lol wtf Atif Aslam sang Indian songs on Pakistani Independence Day show. Is he mad or what ? 🙄
— Sakhwa. (@sakhwa) August 7, 2018
Zero respect for Atif Aslam! 😤😤
— Sakhwa. (@sakhwa) August 7, 2018
— Pakistani (@Pakistani09) August 7, 2018
#Pakistani singer Atif Aslam refuses to wave a #Pakistani flag during Independence Day concert in New York City and insists on singing Indian songs. Apparently doesn't want to affect his business in #India, according to ARY News. Pak artists receive instructions from their hosts.
— Ahmed Quraishi – TV Team (@Office_AQPk) August 7, 2018
Atif Aslam refused to take Pak flag in his hand during Azadi Parade in NewYork, whats going with him.
— Asif Afroz (@asifafroz1) August 7, 2018
Have heard Atif Aslam refused to hold the Pakistan flag! If true it is shameful indeed! Why wld he do such a senseless act? For commercial purposes? Disgusting! And I really liked his work too. But this act has destroyed it all.#AtifAslam #shameful
— نمرہ احمد (@Nimrah788) August 8, 2018
From day one i don't like atif aslam he is very proudy and he thinks that he is the best, no one is like him etc.
Now boycott not only #AtifAslam but also indian content.
I really feel bad to see indian content as our top trends.
This needs to be stop.
— syeda sania naqvi (@sanianaqvi_11) August 7, 2018
Atif responded to all the hate that was being spewed against him by saying that he – loved his haters. He responded to the uproar in a long post, saying that hopefully, things will change in a “Naya” (new) Pakistan.
“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” – Atif Aslam
Let's wear this today #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 Hats off to #aadeez #fans kia baat hai ap sab ki – huge amount of respect for Shafqat Amanat Ali ✌@armeenakhanofficial #atifaslam Pakistan Zindabad
However, many like vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has also lent his voice to some Indian songs, supported 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.
I stand in support with @itsaadee for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It is just music! Singers r synonymous with their songs which r loved equally by fans from every country. Should have briefed him if they wanted national songs #AtifAslam
— Shafqat Amanat Ali (@ShafqatAmanatA) August 7, 2018