Adnan Sami's statements regarding the Indian Army's 'surgical strike' across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, in the aftermath of thw Uri attacks, continue to make news.
On 30 September, Firstpost reported that Sami — who received Indian citizenship earlier this year — had lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Army for successfully carrying out the attack against insurgents across the LoC.
Sami's tweets earned his criticism from scores of Pakistani Twitter users:
Sami was unfazed by the backlash, and defended his tweets, stating that he had not mentioned Pakistan at all, only terrorism — and that it was Pakistanis who were conflating the two.
At an event in Delhi, Sami was again asked about the row he triggered on the micro-blogging platform. He said, "My tweets were against a common enemy. An enemy that has been hurting both the nations and the rest of the world, too. If anything, Pakistan should thank India for finishing the terrorists."
The musician equated the Army's surgical strike across the LoC to an individual having to enter his/her neighbour's house and clean out their garbage because the neighbour refused to.
Sami also said that Pakistani artistes who had been working in India should not have 'run away' but stayed, and condemned the Uri attacks instead.
"If your host has extended you a warm welcome, and suddenly a fire breaks out in (his) house, do you just run away? I feel they should have condemned the attack," Sami said at the same event, pointing out that he too had condemned the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.