Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2016

Shafqat advises artists to stay away from politics



Pakistani classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali has spoken up in opposition to the impact of Pakistan-India ties which are having on artists working crosswise the border. The 51 year old singer stated that “I am repeatedly being inquired questions on this matter today, by the media in India and Pakistan,” the singer who belongs to Patiala Gharana lineage posted on his Facebook page as, “So here is what I would like to share with you all: it is a very sad and tough time for the people of both the countries.”

The Khamaj singer further has appealed artists from both sides to stay out of the political chaos.  The lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band Fuzön stated that “I think artists should not get involved in these matters as they just wish to spread peace, love and bring people closer, the singer continued by saying that “Unnecessary to say, certain people want to sabotage the peace process and initiatives that work for it. We must recognize these negative forces and not pander to their agendas. We must refrain from any kind of decisions that will support that certain group’s goals.”

Indian nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has ordered on Friday for all Pakistani actors who are working in India to depart the country within 48 hours. As well, a senior Indian journalist Soumyadipta Banerjee in recent times wrote an open letter to Fawad Khan, stating him to depart the country.

Numerous people in India, celebs, and non-celebs in a similar way, have repeated Ali’s sentiments that the entertainment industry has nothing to do with socio-political unsteadiness. On the other hand, a few artists similar to Abhijeet Bhattacharya have come out in support of the thought. In the wake of this kind of unsteadiness, Ali’s recommendation appears the correct way to go for the artist community.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.