*NEW YORK - Singer Atif Aslam comes under fire for singing a Bollywood song during an Independence Day parade in New York.*
Many Pakistani citizens were disappointed after Atif sang an Indian song and left the concert midway. The singer also faced immense criticism on social media.
Renowned singer Muhammad Ali Shaikhi said that it was inappropriate to sing an Indian song at an event held to mark Independence Day.
He said national and patriotic songs are usually sung on such occasions, but it was possible that Atif may have sang one of his own songs on request.
“Often we are requested to sing one of our songs. I think Atif may have done that, not realising whether the song was made in India or Pakistan” he told ARY News.
He said that it was not sensitive to sing the song on such an occasion, but Atif may not have realised the reaction that it may cause.
He said that it was oversight of the situation and it was not a serious issue that he sang any other song. “The era of hatred and differences has now ended,” he said.
Another singer Nadeem Jafri said that it was inappropriate for Atif to sing any other song on any such occasion particularly from a country with which Pakistan has a contentious relationship.
However, he said that Atif has released a large number of songs in India as compared to Pakistan, so either Pakistani artists should either be stopped from going to India or otherwise it not a serious issue.
Singer Abrar-ul-Haq said that Atif Aslam should be forgiven for the inadvertent mistake, but it was rather insensitive to sing an Indian song at such an occasion.