Ali Zafar has cancelled his New Year’s Eve concert in Durban, South Africa, as he is still reeling post the trauma of the December 16 attack, where 141 people, including 132 children lost their lives when seven heavily-armed Taliban members stormed a Pakistan army-run school in Peshawar and fired indiscriminately.
“Considering that the Peshawar massacre happened just a few days back, and no one has been able to forget it, Ali decided to cancel his concert,” says a source close to the 34-year-old actor-singer, adding, “Ali could not bring himself to sing and dance at a time when people in his homeland are so severely affected. He did not feel correct about going ahead with it, even though everything was finalised.”
When contacted, Ali confirmed the news, saying, “What happened in Peshawar has disturbed the entire nation, and at this point, I cannot bring myself to celebrate or entertain. As much as I looked forward to meeting my fans in Durban, I know that they will understand my reservation to perform at such a trying time.”