On Wednesday night, in a telephonic interview with Times Now, Pakistani singer Shafaqat Amanat Ali condemned the Uri attacks, which happened on 18 September, and saw the loss of lives of at least 19 Indian security personnel.
Zee News reports the singer saying, "I condemned the Uri terror attack, however, I don't know about others." He further adds on the silence of his colleagues and peers from the industry,"They may not have condemned the Uri terror attack because of threat letter. As far as I know, Pakistani artistes' stand on terror is the same."
Ali becomes the first Pakistani artist who has gone on record to condemn the attack. There is still silence from Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali, and Fawad Khan.
Earlier, Adnan Sami had said, "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. 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." Sami gained Indian citizenship on 1 January this year.
Mid Day reports Ali revealing more on his stance.
"I stay in Pakistan and you stay in India, so you have to support your Army and I will have to support mine. We are hearing from all sides about the surgical strikes, but we know that it was just cross-border firing which keeps happening at the LoC. Right now, it isn't the time to debate whether it was a surgical strike or cross-border firing, but time for powers that be from both countries to sit down for a discussion and find out a solution to bring peace," said Ali.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 5, 2016