Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, who is deeply saddened by the Peshawar school massacre that took place last month, says that the mishap has cleared that Pakistan, too, is a victim of terrorism.
“The incident was really tragic and disturbing. But sometimes, out of a terrible incident, something good evolves. I think for the first time, people have realised that we, too, are the victims of terrorism, and not terrorists — what they have been thinking all along.”
The 49-year-old singer hopes for peace now. “The war against terrorism will definitely bring a very big change, and the sacrifices of those kids will not be forgotten,” he says, adding, “Instead, it will bring change not only in Pakistan but in the entire world’s outlook.”
Ali, whose songs in Bollywood are a hit, is all praise for the veterans who’ve come forth to voice their support against terrorism. “My regards to all the people including Anupam Kher and Prasoon (Joshi) ji, who have come forward to support us. I pray that this new wave which has united us, stands strong.”
In Delhi to perform at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), he says, “It’s always good to perform in front of a young bunch of people because their response to my songs is very energetic, and that encourages me to experiment with my style of singing on stage. Of course, the more the energetic the audience is, the more the artist will enjoy performing his numbers.”
Pointing out a similarity between India and Pakistan, he adds, “Like Hauz Khas Village, we have a particular area called ‘food street’ in many cities in Pakistan, where you will find all kinds of world ­cuisine and similar ambience, but we don’t have a Karim’s. So, it becomes a must visit for me when I’m in Delhi.”