Singer Atif Aslam is facing the wrath of trolls for reportedly singing an Indian song at a Pakistani Independence Day function in New York. Not too long ago, the singer got slammed by the Pakistani media for singing the song 'Tera Hone Laga Hoon' from the Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif starrer 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani'. One Twitter user said, "boycott Atif Aslam @itsaadee Ap Ne Dil Tor diya", while another said, "Have heard Atif Aslam refused to hold the Pakistan flag! If true it is shameful indeed! Why wld he do such a senseless act? For commercial purposes? Disgusting! And I really liked his work too. But this act has destroyed it all."
While some questioned the singer's patriotism, Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali took to Twitter to defend Atif for singing his own songs during the parade. Shafqat Amanat Ali tweeted, "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."
Meanwhile, Atif, in a lengthy Instagram post hit back at his critics. Sharing a picture of a T-shirt with the text, "No chance to give up. Share reality", Atif expressed hope that things will change in "new Pakistan" and that Pakistanis who have made the country proud will be given their due. Atif, in his post wrote, "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." The singer, in his post, also gave a shoutout to his fans and to Shafqat Amanat Ali. "Hats off to #aadeez #fans kia baat hai ap sab ki - huge amount of respect for Shafqat Amanat Ali ✌@armeenakhanofficial #atifaslam Pakistan Zindabad", Atif said.