Published On: Sat, Jul 2nd, 2016

I may be targeted by terrorists, says Salman Ahmed


KARACHI: Renowned musician Salman Ahmed has said that law enforcement agencies have informed him that he can be targeted by terrorists.

“According to the police, I can be targeted over organizing anti-polio drives in the country”, Ahmed said.

Salman Ahmed defiantly said that he will face the threats and will not leave the country.

“Terror threats cannot scare me. I will stay in Pakistan,” he added.

Salman Ahmed is not the first Pakistani artist to comment on the security being provided to the artists in the country.

A group of around 60 singers, actors and models belonging to TV and film industry led by ex-chairman Sindh Censor Board Fakhr-e-Alam, approached Defence police station in Karachi on Saturday to submit a request demanding security for all the production houses owing to adverse law and order situation in the metropolis.

Eyebrows were raised on the law and order situation of the country especially Karachi when unknown persons shot dead renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri on 22nd June, 2016.

Recently television artist Nadeem Jafri was attacked by armed robbers in the wee hours of Thursday during a mugging attempt.

Salman Ahmad  is a Pakistani musician, rock guitarist, physician, activist, andprofessor at the City University of New York.

He earned nationwide popularity in 1998 for his unique style of neoclassical playing in metal. An early engineer of theVital Signs, he formed Junoon (lit. Obsession) in 1990 with American bassist Brian O’Connell and pioneered the Sufiinfluenced metal-rock music in Pakistan. He started his activism in mid-1990s and has been involved in two BBCdocumentaries concerning the issues in Pakistan such as society, education, religion and science.

He has served as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Programme towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia. While working with the Pakistan’s media to help initiate peace between India and Pakistan, Ahmad continues to produce documentaries and solo guitar albums. At present, he is serving tenured professor at the Queens College of the City University of New York. Although, with Junoon being disintegrated, Salman Ahmad continues to perform as a solo artist under the “Junoon” label and has moved to New York and released one album as a solo artist, “Infiniti” in 2005.


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology