Pakistan army spokesman, BJP leader’s spat over song causes Twitter storm

A screen grab taken from Thakur Raja Singh's video.
Updated 16 April 2019

Pakistan army spokesman, BJP leader’s spat over song causes Twitter storm

  • Military spokesman says Indian legislator copied song produced for Pakistan's annual republic day celebrations
  • Pakistani Twitterati slam Indian lawmaker for his act of plagiarism

ISLAMABAD: A spat between the spokesman of the Pakistan army and a leader of India’s Bhartiya Janata Party over a song that Pakistan claims is plagiarized caused an online storm on Monday as users took to Twitter to defend their respective nations.

On Sunday, Gen Asif Ghafoor commented on a song posted by BJP lawmaker Thakur Raja Singh on Twitter, and said it had been copied from a song composed by a Pakistani singer and released this year during annual republic day celebrations on March 23. Singh had dedicated his song, which he claims is an original, to the Indian army.

In response, Singh posted: “Good to see even #Pakistan media is covering my song #HindustanZindabad … We don't have to copy anything from a terrorist state like Pakistan.”

Ghafoor responded once again and said: “This lie too not a surprise. That’s what was said, we can’t be surprised,” referring to Pakistan’s refrain to India in February that India would not be able to catch it off guard after India claimed to have carried out airstrikes against alleged terror camps in Pakistan.

“You will never be able to surprise us. We have not been surprised,” Ghafoor had told reporters then.

Despite repeated requests from journalists, the Indian government has not produced evidence that a camp was destroyed in Pakistan or that any militants were killed in the February airstrikes.

The claims have been an issue in India’s general election, which started on Thursday. Senior government officials - including Prime Minister Narendra Modi - have attacked opposition politicians who ask for evidence as unpatriotic.

Satellite pictures have indicated that the main structures on the hill top India claims it targeted appear to be in similar condition after the attack as they were before.

Pakistan says Singh’s song is a copy of a song called ‘Pakistan Zindabad,’ originally produced this year by Sahir Ali Bagga for Pakistan’s annual republic day celebrations on March 23.

The army spokesman’s post about the song led hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Twitter users to post using the hashtag #ChowkidarChorHain (watchmen are thieves), calling out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Main bhi chowkidar” or “I am also a watchman” election campaign:

Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

Updated 23 April 2019

Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

  • Maulana Fazlur Rehman appreciates deep rooted bilateral ties
  • Saudi envoy says Kingdom values relationship with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The chief of one of Pakistan’s largest religious parties, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), met the Saudi ambassador to Islamabad on Tuesday, the embassy said, and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman met with Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan, at the ambassador’s office on Monday, the embassy said on Twitter.
According to the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Maulana Fazlur Rehman lauded deep-rooted brotherly rties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia while Ambassador Al-Malki said the Kingdom attached great importance to its relationship with Pakistan.
Earlier this month Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, visited Pakistan and met with the country’s top political and military leaders as well as religious clerics.