KARACHI: Adnan Sami’s latest outburst against Pakistan has irked many, who believe the singer is desperately attempting to gain sympathies of the Indian administration by defaming Pakistan.
In his latest interview with the Indian media, the singer and musician criticised the Pakistan government for its apathy towards the legendary folk singer Reshma, who died of cancer earlier this month. He also blamed the government for not taking care of other artists including Mehdi Hasan.
Sami also remarked that Pakistan is not a country for artists.
Sami latest tirade against Pakistan came at a time when he himself has been under intense scrutiny by Indian administration over matters related to income tax and his resident visa. Some Indian newspapers have also reported that he has been asked to leave India.
“When you are about to thrown out the country (India)…you have to speak against Pakistan,” commented a reader, who was upset by his interview.
“It was Pakistan that provided you the platform…. At least give that much credit to us,” said another one.
And Sami’s comments are not entirely true as well.
Pakistan government financially supported Mehdi Hasan, a fact which is acknowledged by his family as well. While when Reshma was diagnosed with cancer back in mid-1990s, she received free treatment from Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Other NGOs and philanthropists also provide help to country’s needy artists when required.
Some termed Sami’s comments as a blatant attempt to please Indians.