Pakistan has new youth icons and they’re members of a rock band! Ever since the song Aalu Anday went viral, the singer — Lahore based band Beygairat Brigade — have become icons of anti-political commentary. In the song, the band talks about the fact that Mumbai terror attacks accused Ajmal Kasab is treated like a hero in Pakistan. The singers also take digs at Owais Qadri, Imran Khan, Sharif Brothers and Maulana Abdul Aziz. After thousands of hits on YouTube, the band has come under the spotlight of the world media and online listeners.
“Awesome song and great expression,” wrote Sajda8. “Keep it up,” wrote atta09. A Pakistani newspaper reported that some political parties have asked the band to join them. But the members — Daniyal Malik, an economist, 15-year-old student Hamza Malik, and news director Saeed — have refused. “The name Aalu Anday doesn’t have a thought process behind it, but listeners are coming up with their own justifications and we highly appreciate it,” said Malik in a recent interview.
However, not all the feedback has been positive. In fact, they have received threats because they have used the name of Nobel Prize winner, Dr Abdus Salam, in the song.
Saeed called the threats “sad and ironic” in an interview and added, “Some give suggestions like, ‘You should have used Abdul Qadeer Khan’s name instead’.”