While most Indian artists are calling for all-out war, Pakistani celebrities are advocating peace.
After the alleged airstrike by Indian Air Force in Balakot, Twitter has lit up like a firestorm. This arena was not the kind of lit that you’d want though.
While Bollywood was baying for conflict, surgical strikes, hate-mongering and warmongering in equal measure, Pakistani celebs kept a cool head.
Pakistani responses were a whole range of thought-provoking. Fatima Bhutto, often known for being the voice of reason and advocate for peace, started it all.
There is nothing uglier than people cheering for war.
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) February 26, 2019
The keyboard warriors from Bollywood did not get enough after the Pulwama attack. Even then Pakistani artists only offered condolences, condemned terrorism and called for peace not war.
I pray for peace for India and Pakistan.
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) February 26, 2019
Many followed suit with not just calling for peace but condemning war.
Nothing uglier. Nothing more ignorant than cheering for war. May sense prevail.. Pakistan zindabad. https://t.co/sH0VGGAERC
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 26, 2019
Armeena Khan is in a schooling roll. She even called out Priyanka Chopra for jumping the warmongering bandwagon….not UN goodwill ambassador-like at all.
I’m watching SOME of these “Bollywood” accounts in dismay, glorifying war (people should take note) In the future, these particular individuals shouldn’t be allowed to preach peace to the world. Artists are supposed to be sane, pacifying voices. 🤷🏻♀️ #theinternetneverforgets
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) February 26, 2019
Just remember folks this is not a competition. There is collateral damage, and there are casualties of war on the ‘winner’s side’ too.
War Does Not DEtermine who is right ..Only who is left
Say no to war🙏🇵🇰
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) February 26, 2019
For the record, I have a 20 year career exclusively from my Pakistani songs. I have nothing to gain from India nor am I on any payroll. But I know what matters in this world and that is peace and understanding. NO human life is worth losing.
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) February 26, 2019
War is no victory for anyone – end of the day only human lives are lost no matter which side you belong to ‼️
— Hareem Farooq (@FarooqHareem) February 26, 2019
“There can be NO winners in war if we value Human Life at all.“
It’s time we understand this as humans.The media needs to take charge & stop being provocative. It’s our duty to inculcate peace & use our words for better & not worse.
Praying for peace always!
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) February 26, 2019
Some Celebrities Called for a Response… But Only When All Else Fails
Artists like Faisal Qureshi warned that a desire for peace is not weakness. It’s more about being the better person.
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) February 26, 2019
Other public figures also swooped in to second Faisal Qureshi.
Make no mistake #pakistan comes first. I stand with my Nation, PM, People & my country, anyone who is a threat to us will face our wrath. I'm all for peace but if your dealing with blind rage and stupidity then a hard slap on their face is the answer #PakistanArmy @ImranKhanPTI
— Ahmad Ali Butt (@ahmedaliB) February 26, 2019
ہمیں امن کے لئے آخری حد تک جانا چاہئیے لیکن اگر جنگ مسلط کی گئی تو پھر ہم لڑائی میں بھی آخری حد تک جائیں گے۔ ہم اپنی آئیندہ نسلوں کو جنگ کی آگ میں نہیں جھونکنا چاہتے لیکن کوئی راستہ نہ چھوڑا گیا تو ہم اپنے بچوں کے لئے بزدلی کی داستانیں نہیں چھوڑیں گے۔۔۔#PakistanZindabad
— Iqrar ul Hassan Syed (@iqrarulhassan) February 26, 2019
Never thought I’d say this since peace is foremost but I guess it’s time to retaliate. https://t.co/0SJt9Ts9lO
— Quratulain Balouch (@Quratulainb) February 26, 2019
Peace, Not war! Peace, Not war! Peace, Not war!
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) February 27, 2019
Good point but retaliate diplomatically right? Like they said in Straight Outta Compton, ‘we hit back with lawsuits and drain them’.
So now Indian masses r cheering abt killing more than 350 terrorists in Pak. 350+ dead & no video, even mobile video/pics, no satellite pics, funerals, Nothing! No wonder Pak is inviting all ambassadors, defence attachés, even Indians to come to the location Ind gave & see. https://t.co/jDMp9GOKOq
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) February 26, 2019
Kinda scared honestly speaking, I mean if Pakistani army do strikes back to India, I mean we are talking about 2 nuclear armed countries going on war, and it’s not a joke, i mean we are talking about 2 billion people in region.
— Furqan Shayk (@FurqanShayk) February 26, 2019
Calling out all keyboard warriors.
Anyone who is encouraging war between Pakistan and India should be taken out of their house and be forced to fight the war themselves. Tweet karna bohat asaan hai, but for once think of the all the soldiers that die unnecessarily because of this. #PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰
— Zaid Ali (@Za1d) February 26, 2019
And if they incline to peace, do so and put your trust in God. Even if they intend to deceive you, remember that God is sufficient for you. Quran 8:61-2 🙏🏼 🇵🇰
— Fawad Alam (@iamfawadalam25) February 27, 2019
For a country that calls itself the world’s largest democracy, teaching the virtues of tolerance to Indian celebrities need not be this hard. If not, they can always ask their Pakistani counterparts.