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Pak singer Atif Aslam faces backlash for singing Indian song in US

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistan's singing sensation was trolled on and also criticized by the country's for singing a popular Bollywood song at a Independence Day function in

Atif, who has lent his voice to many Bollywood songs, sang 'Hoon' from the 2009 "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" at the function earlier this month.

The performance prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him.

"Zero respect for Atif Aslam!" wrote a twitter user.

"Boycott itsaadee Ap Ne Dil Tor diya #boycottAtifAslam #AtifAslam," wrote another user.

After the much-heated debate on Twitter, the 35-year-old responded to the uproar in a long post, saying that hopefully things will change in a "Naya" (new)

"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 fake propaganda against me," he said.

Atif hoped that "Naya Pakistan" can help people realise that they need to respect others, especially those who work hard everyday to make the country proud.

Earlier, Pakistani classical Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has also lent his voice to some Indian songs, had defended Atif.

"I stand in support of for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It's just music. Singers are synonymous with their songs which are loved equally by fans from every country," Ali said.

critic Omair Alavi said people need to remember that Bollywood films and dramas are shown openly in in cinemas and on television channels as art, or music has no boundaries.

"Don't Pakistanis go to watch Indian films? Are not Indian dramas a regular on our channels," he questioned.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 15:35 IST