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Proud Pakistani: Pashto singer urges artists to return to country


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Famous Pashto singer Hashmat Sahar returned to Pakistan despite having an opportunity to seek asylum in Australia. He was on his trip to Australia for musical concerts invited by the Afghan community to perform on Jashn-e-Nauroz.

He said that he did not stay despite having offers while he also urged the artists and singers living abroad to return and serve their country.

Proud of Being Pakistan

“My own land and people are everything for me and my family. The people of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa including artists have suffered a lot but leaving country would serve no purpose,” said the singer. He said that artists and singer opting to live abroad in the name of life threats bring a bad name to the country.

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“How I can serve my people if I seek asylum on a foreign land. We should love and respect our own art and culture, serving it would earn us identity and more respect,” the singer said. He insisted that artists and singers should use their art and culture to represent the soft image of Pakistan abroad since they are also peace ambassadors of their country.

“I have learned the basics of music from Maaz Khan Ustad and Saida Gul Maina. All my ustads love their own land and people.”

Request to Other Singers

“I also request my other artists and singers, who have been living abroad to come back to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as peace and stability had returned.” “I don’t want to take the name of any particular artist or singer but I just say and strongly believe that a fish cannot live without water so an artist, a genuine artist, would never do it,” he said.

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Hashmat Sahar hails from Hangu and has been to various Gulf states for musical concerts. He is a proud recipient of several awards. He said artists and singers should spread the message of peace.