Sharing my blog published on The Express Tribune Blogs on March 24, 2016.
Cricket matches unite the country and bring out the maximum national fervour Pakistanis can ever muster, especially if it’s an India-Pakistan game. But this time what gave more fodder for the newsfeed than the defeat itself, was Shafqat Amanat Ali’s performance of the qaumi tarana. After Qandeel Baloch’s offers to the cricket team – we finally found something unique, fun and deeply rooted in our patriotism to go gaga over. All of which makes a great combination for some national criticism.
Pakistanis were excited that someone as talented as him was chosen to accompany the stalwart Mr Bachchan in performing their respective country’s national anthem. However, as with everything that annoys Pakistanis, our singer’s alleged mistake was picked up as the bull’s eye of the evening. Surprisingly, even Mr Bachchan was under fire across the border for going over the standard duration of Indian national anthem. He even has a police complaint registered against him now.