Twitter schools Salman Ahmed for tasteless tweet on Mastung massacre

A suicide bomber targetted the political corner meeting of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate on Friday, killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200. Experts have called the incident the deadliest in a string of attacks on electioneering that have heightened security fears ahead of the voting.

Mastung massacre: 128 martyred, over 200 injured in suicide blast claimed by Islamic State

While others condemned the tragedy in strong words, former Junoon bassist Salman Ahmed’s thoughts on the matter caused an outrage on Twitter and otherwise. In a tweet, the musician wrote the lyrics of his song Junoon se and termed the deaths of the Pakistanis a ‘qurbani’ while seeking azaadi.

And it angered many, many people.

Junoon sey aur ishq sey milti Hai Azadi, Qurbani ki bahon mein milti hai Azadi .

— salman ahmad (@sufisal) July 13, 2018

After his ill-timed and misplaced tweet, many wondered what the renowned musician was thinking whilst posting the lyrics.

Salman bhai aap apni jaan qurban kar dein mulk k liye i promise i will vote pti.

— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) July 13, 2018

You didn't just say that.

— Maheen Sabeeh (@maheensbh) July 13, 2018

Delete yourself. Half-wit.

— CeciN'estPasUneTweet (@monadarling) July 13, 2018

Easy to tweet about "qurbani" while sitting in New York & when ur political party is playing on an engineered pitch. Aap nay kiya qurbani di hai?

— Maheen Usmani (@MaheenUsmani) July 13, 2018

This was a terrorist attack by junooni terrorists. Don’t equate killing of innocents with qurbani.
Stupid Ppl like you have destroyed #ImranKhan thinking capacity to below average.

— Javed Hassan (@javed_hassan1) July 13, 2018

is he mad ? what kind of freedom struggle were those poor ppl pursuing ? this is terrorism and stop glorifying death , esp from your drawing room

— High (@talkingcurves) July 13, 2018

Have you lost your mind?

— Tauseef (@Tauseef0675) July 13, 2018

But even after much backlash, Ahmed defended his stance. He then tweeted his song and wrote, “Comparing shaheeds of today with the spirit of Jinnah’s Azadi. The psychology of martyrdom: making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of a cause.”

Comparing shaheeds of today with the spirit of Jinnah's Azadi.

— salman ahmad (@sufisal) July 13, 2018

The psychology of martyrdom: making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of a cause.

— salman ahmad (@sufisal) July 13, 2018

And then this happened.

For I was sure of 1 thing,it wasn't always the hero who saved the was the person most willing to die first.

— salman ahmad (@sufisal) July 13, 2018

Perhaps, the outspoken and politically active musician needs to tunderstand the true meaning of martyrdom and possibly learn the difference between a horrible terrorist attack and a just struggle for freedom. And someone hit him with a thesaurus please!

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