On April 12, Chowkidar Thakur Raja Singh Lodh, a BJP MLA from Goshamahal in Hyderabad of the Telangana legislative assembly, whose Twitter handles reads as Tiger Raja Singh, had tweeted that he would be releasing a song on the occasion of Ram Navami. He himself shared the footage of the same:
“My new song which will be released on 14th April at 11:45 AM on the occasion of #SriRamNavami is dedicated to our #IndianArmy forces.”
However, causing acute embarrassment to the self proclaimed Nationalist party, Pakistani Army on Sunday asked India to emulate Pakistan in speaking “truth” as it mocked this Indian legislator, claiming that the politician has copied its anthem and dedicated it to the Indian armed forces.
As Lodh shared a snippet of the song on social media, the Pakistani Army claimed that the composition was a copy of a song released by its media wing on March 23 for Pakistan Day. The song was written by Sahir Ali Bagga.
Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR said:
“Glad that you copied. But copy to speak the truth as well.”
According to local media reports, Lodh copied the song ‘Zindabad Pakistan’ and recorded it by changing it to ‘Zindabad Hindustan’ and dedicated it to Indian armed forces.
Pakistan Army even claimed that the ISPR had released the song ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ as an anthem for March 23.
Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir said the BJP lawmaker’s song was “not a copy but theft” and described Singh’s rendition as “unimpressive”.
The relationship between the two neighbouring countries have further soured in the recent months. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan February 26. It came 12 days after the JeM claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.