Pak band mashes potatoes, eggs, Kasab, Nawaz Sharif

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A peppy Punjabi number by a young Pakistani band has gone viral on the Internet, attracting a wave of hits for its satirical lyrics lampooning the Pakistani army and political class. The video, which has got over 70,000 views on YouTube in two days makes a reference to the farcical situation in which 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab is treated as a "hero", and Governor Salmaan Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri as a "nawab".

The number, Aalu Anday, is the first single uploaded to YouTube by the six-month-old Lahore band Beygairat Brigade, and features Ali Aftab Saeed, 27, Daniyal Malik, 23, and 15-year-old guitarist Hamza Malik.

"Political analysts in Pakistan are called ghairat. We've played on this and named ourselves 'Beghairat' — we do exactly the opposite of what they say," Saeed and Daniyal Malik told The Indian Express over the phone from Lahore. Saeed hummed the number — "Our fans call our music political rock 'n' roll. We're good with this," he said.

"Meri maa ne pack kiye aalu anday, main nahi khaane, mainu lagde hain gande (My mother has packed potatoes and eggs, I won't eat them, I don't like them)," begins the song, before taking digs at Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

"Aitthe Qadri banya nawab hai, aitthe hero Ajmal Kasab hai (Here Qadri is treated like a royal, here Ajmal Kasab is the most loyal)," goes the song.

The video shows the three band members in school uniforms, with their faces painted. They periodically hold up signs that read "Nawaz Sharif bye bye, Papa Kyani no likey you!", "Tehreek-e-Insaf = Goodlooking Jamaat-e-Islami", "Mullah + Military = Zia-ul-Yuckee".

There are two especially sarcastic — and brave — ones: "This video is sponsored by Zionists" and, right at the end, "If you want a bullet through my head, 'like' this video".

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