Pakistani song taunts Kasab`s treatment as `hero`

If the clever lyrics were not stinging enough, the band holds up placards to leave no scope for doubt.

Islamabad: 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 ten 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.

On its Facebook page, the band describes itself as a "deadly injection for deadly infection" and tells people cheekily ? "if you want us killed, like us".

Apart from the stupendous response on the internet, the song has been played on Dawn News channel.

Comments are piling up on Youtube, where the song has been uploaded, and also on Facebook.

A fan decided not to eat "aloo anday" for a week to show solidarity to the band.

Others, however, are accusing the group of promoting the cause of the minority Ahmadi sect, which was declared non-Muslim in the 1970s.

Taliban-style bomb attack kills 5 Afghan soldiers
Heart: Five Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban-style bomb attack in the western province of Heart today, a district official said.

The troops were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) -- the type of home-made bombs widely used in attacks by Taliban and other insurgents.

The attack took place in the Pashtun Zarghun district.

"One officer and four soldiers were killed in the blast. It was a roadside bomb attack," the district`s governor, Ghulam Nabi Azizi said. He could not say who was responsible but similar attacks have been blamed on Taliban.

The Afghan military does not release the overall toll of fatalities among its troops, who are set to assume responsibility for security across the country by the end of 2014 when all foreign soldiers are due to depart.

A US-led training mission is working to train Afghan forces, which have grown rapidly from around 1,90,000 personnel in late 2009 to 3,06,000 this year.


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