Shafqat Amanat Ali breaks his silence over the ongoing India-Pakistan tension and condemns the Uri Attack. He also spoke on the issue of artists going back to Pakistan.
Shafqat Amanat Ali Breaks Silence On Uri Attack
"As far as I know, all of them condemn any kind of attack, anywhere in the world which is against any country. Because we have been suffering for so many years. Every second day, we used to hear. Thankfully now it's been wiped out and thankfully now we are pushing them back. But we know how it feels when your soldiers die, when your civilians die… So, I think any of them (singers, artists or actors from Pakistan) won't say that was a right thing that has happenned…No No.. Pakistani army will never ask them to do anything which is inhuman… The first thing…Second thing is… if somebody is staying in Mumbai and he can be asked or given an open letter and you have been asked just leave this country within 48 hours… After that, I think, people were calling him to check about that letter… and not about to condemn the attack. Because I know that Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Fawad Afzal Khan, me (Shafqat Amanat Ali) or Rahat Fateh Ali Khan anyone else… would condemn a terror attack anywhere in the world…I would condemn any attack anywhere in the world which is a terror attack….I had given my statement way back where I have said that please leave this fraternity out, please leave the artists out of these politically twisted matters. Because, we are artists.. I am not a politician, I am not someone who is kind of plotting such things. What we do, what our job is to keep people together, to keep one door open where you guys can shake hands…Yeah…If it's a terror attack, I condemn it… I strongly condemn it…When the Orlando attack happened, and (imagine) if somebody is in the U.S.A, nobody will ask them to leave (U.S.A), without checking if that attack had happened by a Pakistani without any evidence. When people were sending him an open letter, without realising or putting evidence on record (thats what happened)..if the army had attacked India we would understand anyone asking Fawad or Pakistanis to leave (but it was a terror attack)…That is where the confusion is starting in fact, the more that happened we saw the open letter on the net, it went viral, and every channel started talking about that letter…After that letter, if somebody had not picked it up from social media and shown it to news channels, I think he was going to write back an open letter also (condemning the attacks)…the moment it was shown on all the channels, it then created sentiment (of hatred).”
Posted by Shafqat Amanat Ali on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
“I condemned the Uri terror attack, however, I don’t know about others,” said Shafqat while speaking to TimesNow.
On being further asked why the other Pakistani artists have been silent on the issue, the Shafqat replied, “They may not have condemned the Uri terror attack because of threat letter. As far as I know, Pakistani artistes’ stand on terror is the same.”
“As far as I know, all of them condemn any kind of attack, anywhere in the world which is against any country. Because we have been suffering for so many years.”
Shafqat Amanat Ali was scheduled to perform live on September 30th in Bengaluru. However, his concert was cancelled amid the raging Indo-Pak tension post-Uri attack.
“It’s really sad because the artiste fraternity allows an opportunity of dialogue between two countries,” he also added
I am repeatedly being asked questions on this today by media in both #India and #Pakistan, so here is what I would like…
He thinks the artists’ fraternity should not be involved in these matters as all artists are only about spreading peace and love & bringing people closer.
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