New Delhi: Famous sufi singer Shafqat Amanat Ali today became the first Pakistani who condemned the Uri terror attack on Indian army camp at Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shafqat has defended his fraternity members who he feels have been blamed for keeping quiet about condemning the incident.
The singer’s Bengaluru concert was cancelled after the September 18 attack in Jammu and Kashmir
He says artistes anywhere in the world are always against terrorism.
Some people in India contend that most celebrated Pakistan artistes were reluctant to condemn the Uri terror attack which killed 19 Indian soldiers. What did he think of that?
The Lahore-based singer said, “It all started with the blame going on Pakistan from the word ‘go’ which absolutely put them on the back foot. No artiste will be okay with hearing things against their country, which is why they went quiet.”
He has sung many songs in Bollywood movies starring superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, told media persons in an email interaction.
The singer added, “But of course, they all condemn the attack in Uri or any other terror attack anywhere. Artistes in India, Pakistan and anywhere are against terrorism. Period! They were made to feel defensive the moment this unfortunate incident happened which is why they went quiet.”
Many artistes from Pakistan kept mum on the topic, but Salman Ahmad-of the famed band Junoon-had taken a strong stance in an interview to journalists regarding the worsening ties between the neighbouring countries, saying that banning exchange of artistes and culture in the wake of recent events was akin to giving victory to terrorists and extremists.
Following the attack, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had given an “ultimatum” to Pakistani artistes to leave the country. Shafqat’s concert, scheduled to take place on September 30 in Bengaluru, also got cancelled.