Ali Azmat lamented that his words regarding late Pakistani singer Noor Jehan were taken out of context after an edited video went viral on social media.
In a video posted on his Facebook account, Ali clarified the buzz and said he shared his point of view when he was a kid.
“I was speaking about my perception of Madam Noor Jehan from when I was a six, seven-year-old child,” he shared.
“Mina Hasan, Nazia Ejaz, Ahmed Ali Butt, all the other family members of Madam Noor Jehan are like my family. They are all my friends and I respect them very much. The point of view you guys didn’t listen to was that when we were kids, we only had PTV to watch. The discussion on Waqeel Online, was about how Western culture seeped into our culture. Because the presentation of PTV was so terrible that we didn’t feel like watching it,” he explained.
Ali further elaborated how biggest fan he is of the late singer. “Nothing we do can ever compare to what Madam did, we are aware of that. Her sense of melody, her solid key, her beautiful voice, we didn’t understand it as kids but became her biggest fans as we grew up,” he mentioned.
Ali received immense backlash for passing degrading comments for the late singer.
“Our own society and culture weren’t really offering anything similar. You put on a show, you would see Noor Jehan draped in a saree, with heavy jewellery and over-the-top makeup. We would get irritated by mai (elderly woman). We would think why would they make us watch this kofta (meatball),” the Sayonee singer was quoted saying.