Pakistani song questions Ajmal Kasab's treatment as 'hero'
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The latest Pakistani song to have gone viral on the internet pokes fun at Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Mumbai attacker, being treated like a "hero" in his home country and slain Governor Salmaan Taseer's assassin being treated like a "nawab".
Over the weekend, Lahore-based band Beyghairat Brigade (The Dishonor Brigade) unveiled its first single "Aloo Anday" – a sad commentary on Pakistani politics and the Pakistani psyche.
The song's video starts on an unassuming note with three boys in school uniforms complaining over their mother packing "Aloo Anday" for lunch, but in the following three minutes, the band takes on everyone from Sharif brothers of the PML-N to the "good-looking fundamentalist" Imran Khan.
Sung in Punjabi with subtitles in English, the video features singer Ali Aftab Saeed grumbling about Nobel Prize-winning Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam being forgotten by most while Taseer's assassin Mumtaz Qadri and Kasab are being hailed as new heroes.
If the clever lyrics were not stinging enough, the band holds up placards to leave no scope for doubt.
Among them are, "Nawaz Sharif, bye bye. Papa Kiyani no likey you"; "Tehreek-i-Insaf = good looking Jamaat-e-Islami"; "free Judiciary = Hanged PPP"; "Your money + my pocket = we're still enemies" and "Mullah + Military + Ziaul Yuckee".
Well-known columnist Nadeem F Paracha dedicated his latest article to the video.
"The name says it all: A tongue-in-cheek take on what is called the 'ghairat brigade' (honour brigade), the band sarcastically embraces a title that the peddlers of 'qaumi ghairat' (national honour) spit at those who disagree with the brigade's conspiratorial rants and an almost xenophobic brand of 'patriotism'," he wrote.
"In a clean, unadulterated sweep that lasts not more than 10 seconds, (Beyghairat Brigade) wonders about a country where killers like Mumtaz Qadri (who assassinated former Punjab governor Salman Taseer after accusing him of committing blasphemy) are treated as royals; and where Ajmal Kasab (the Pakistani terrorist who took part in the attack in Mumbai) is a hero; and where mullahs escape wearing a woman's burqa (like the head cleric of the Lal Masjid); and how no-one ever mentions men like the Nobel-Prize winning Pakistani scientist Abdul Salam (just because he belonged to the outlawed Ahmadi sect)," Paracha wrote.
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