For an artist craving for inspiration, even the unmanned aerial vehicles or the drones used by the U.S. to fight insurgents could be a source of poetic charm while the human casualties they have caused in Pakistan’s northern province take a backseat.
Pakistani singer Sitara Younis, who tasted success with her single “Khud Kasha Dhamaka Yama” (Don’t chase me, I’m an illusion, a suicide bomb) last year, has released a new track once again with references to militancy – “Za Kaom Pa Stargo Stargo Drone Hamla” (My gaze is as fatal as a drone attack), Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported.
The song, written and composed by well-known Pashto music director-composer Maas Khan Wesal, was uploaded on YouTube in early July.
“In the long history of love songs the attention of a beautiful woman has been compared to many things – but perhaps only in Pakistan's tribal belt would it be likened to the deadly missile strike of a remotely controlled US drone,” the Guardian wrote about the song, which has failed to impress the critics with its melody or dance moves but caught the fancy of listeners with its lyrics.
However, the song romanticizing the deadly and controversial drone attacks which have been long-regarded as infringing on Pakistan’s sovereignty has drawn criticism from Pakistanis.
Speaking to the Express Tribune, Pakistani music composer Arshad Ali said: “It’s not appropriate to incorporate drone attacks in music as it’s a grave issue faced by our country. Each artist has a certain responsibility towards society.”
“Why have singers suddenly diverted their attention towards drone attacks and suicide bombings and incorporated them into songs when they who have produced only romantic songs till now?” Ali asked.
Khalid Shah Jilani, the song’s lyricist, told the Guardian that singers and poets drew inspiration from the situations they experienced.
"It's been a hit because people like the music and the movie that it was written for," he said. "Now you hear it all the time being played at wedding halls and in cars."
Composer Wesal said the song was never meant to have political connotations but simply states that the "eyes of a beautiful dancing girl are so powerful they are like a drone, they can destroy men.”
Younis who successfully captured the increasing number of suicide attacks in a song released in November last year had faced criticism for trivializing the issue.