Pakistan, please value talented people while they are alive!


Voice of East

By Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

It is Ramadan of 2017 and a day ago I read the news about the death of the talented Pakistani musician Aamir Zaki who had passed away at just 49. Though I had not followed his musical career closely, I was saddened to learn that he was suffering from depression and also had bipolar disorder. Even more painful was the fact that just two days before he died, he had called one of his friends and told him that he did not even have the money to take his sick mother to the doctor. This is sad but this is how we Pakistanis treat our geniuses.

Aamir Aaki performing in Coke Studio, 2016

Now I am reading glowing tributes on social media about how Aamir Zaki was an iconic musician and the best guitarist Pakistan had ever produced. I am sorry, but all this praise is…

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