The singer faced backlash on social media after reports did rounds claiming that he sang one of his Bollywood songs at a Pakistan Independence Day Parade in New York.
Yesterday, attendees of a Pakistani Independence Day parade in New York called out local singing sensation Atif Aslam for performing Indian songs at the event. This left some Atif fans disappointed, stating that he should not have performed Indian songs at a Pakistani parade.
Following the criticism, the singer took to social media and said, Starting off with #NeverGiveUp, he said,
“Simply love my haters. Undoubtedly, Allah is the only one who can make someone worthy of respect or not. The Pakistani flag is my identity and my fans know that I respect it a lot. I’m glad that my fans know how to deal with propaganda against me.”
Uploading a picture of a T-shirt that has ‘Never Give Up’ written on it, Atif added that hopefully, things will change for good in ‘Naya Pakistan’, hinting at Imran Khan’s ascension as leader of a nation.
Let’s wear this today #nevergiveup Simply love my haters 😘 Bayshak Allah izat denay aur rakhnay wala hai Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or mere fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram kerna achi tarah janta hun Mje bohat khushi aur fakhar hai k meray fans fake propaganda Ka jawab dena achi tarah Jantay hain .. I hope NAYE PAKISTAN main un sab logon ko izat dena jaan jayen gae jino ne PAKISTAN ka naam poori duniya mein roshan kia hai .. #change Hats off to #aadeez #fans kia baat hai ap sab ki – huge amount of respect for Shafqat Amanat Ali ✌@armeenakhanofficial #atifaslam Pakistan Zindabad
Thanking his fans for the support, the singer wrote, “I am happy and proud that my fans know how to respond to fake propaganda.“
Aslam further expressed hope that in “Naya Pakistan people learn to respect those who have made the country proud world over”.
— Atif Aslam (@itsaadee) August 9, 2018
Fellow singer Shafqat Amanat Ali had defended him. Acknowledging the gesture, Atif thanked Amanat for his continuous support.
I stand in support with @itsaadee for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It is just music! Singers r synonymous with their songs which r loved equally by fans from every country. Should have briefed him if they wanted national songs #AtifAslam
— Shafqat Amanat Ali (@ShafqatAmanatA) August 7, 2018