Actor-singer Salma Aagha recently got an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. Speaking with Mohammed Wajihuddin, Aagha discussed why, despite being born in Karachi, she wants an Indian identity, why she supports PM Modi and opposes triple talaq – and why she blames the Pakistani authorities for the shocking murder of Sufi singer Amjad Sabri:
How do you react to Sufi qawwal Amjad Sabri's murder in Karachi?
The violent death of Amjad Sabri, an artiste who gave so much to music, is shameful for Pakistan. He memorably sang the famous qawwali 'Bhardo jholi meri ya Muhammad, tere dar se na jaoonga khali' – but what has Pakistan given him? Bullets in his chest.
He was a man who did so much social work for the poor and who reportedly asked for security but was denied it – shame on the Pakistani authorities for treating artistes like this.
Is growing Talibanisation of Pakistani society stunting art and creativity?