Singing sensation Atif Aslam won millions of hearts not only in his home country Pakistan but across the border in India. For over a decade now, he has been working in Bollywood and has given massive hit numbers like Tu Jaane Na, Pehli Nazar Mein and others.

Recently, he was invited to perform at the Pakistan Independence Day Parade at Madison Square Garden, New York. He sang his popular numbers, which included Tera Hone Laga Hoon from Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani. This prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and trolled him for singing an Indian song.

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 A Twitter user tweeted calling for boycott of the singer. “Boycott Atif Aslam @itsaadee Ap Ne Dil Tor diya #boycottAtifAslam #AtifAslam.”

Atif was hurt by the news and he replied with an Instagram post, saying hopefully things would change in the “new Pakistan”. “#nevergiveup… Simply love my haters. Bayshak Allah izat denay aur rakhnay wala hai. Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or mere fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram kerna achi tarah janta hun.”

Classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali defended Atif. He took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “I stand in support of Atif Aslam for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It’s just music. Singers are synonymous with their songs which are loved equally by fans from every country. Should have briefed him if they wanted National Songs.”