Renowned Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, in response to Israel’s ongoing military campaign in the Gaza Strip, expressed solidarity with the Palestinians and grieved for the loss of innocent lives in the conflict. The current Israeli bombardment in Gaza has resulted in the tragic deaths of over 2,300 Palestinians, including more than 700 children, with 9,042 others wounded.
Atif Aslam shared his condolences and support on his social media account, writing, “Mourning the loss of innocent lives in Palestine. Let’s stand together and pray for healing, peace, and home.” He concluded his post with “Allah apna reham ferma” ([Oh] Allah have mercy [on Palestinians]).
Atif Aslam is not the only Pakistani celebrity to speak out against the suffering of Palestinians at the hands of Israel. Previously, Pakistani actor Ushna Shah criticized celebrities who appeared to be taking a neutral stance in the ongoing Middle East conflict as Israel continued to launch airstrikes on Gaza.
Ushna Shah expressed her frustration with celebrities who failed to take a clear stance, calling them “cowards with no substance.” She made it clear that she was ready to decline opportunities in Hollywood or in the commercial world if it meant she had to stay silent about the Gaza war. Shah emphasized the importance of being on the right side of history and not relying on PR-crafted statements.
Furthermore, renowned boxer Amir Khan expressed unwavering support for Palestine, drawing on his personal experiences and dedication to making a positive impact in the world. He highlighted the need for individuals to speak up and stand against injustices.
Actor Osman Khalid Butt used his social media platform to show solidarity with the global movement for Palestine.
Actor Armeena Khan actively participated in a peaceful protest in Canada, emphasizing the importance of human rights and unity among diverse communities. She shared a heart-wrenching image for children being killed in the war and wrote a message, saying, “Go to heaven now, little ones, for you are Farishtay (angels). I’m sure you’ll meet your parents again in the afterlife in the highest of heavens. Heart shatters all over again I have to keep hiding my face from my baby; I cannot let her see.” Her words reflect the deep sorrow and empathy felt for the innocent lives lost in the conflict.
Singer Hasan Raheem raised awareness about the dehumanization experienced by Palestinians, emphasizing the need for humanity and compassion in the face of such tragic events.
Hania Aamir, Saba Qamar, Yumna Zaidi, and many other celebrities took to their social media to show support for Palestinians. These Pakistani celebrities joined the global chorus of voices advocating for peace, justice, and empathy in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict.