Audio interview with the singer Sardar Yousafzai who survived an attempt on his life on 15 December 2008. A band of unidentified militants targetted his car in Malakand area of North Western Pakistan to punish him for his work as a popular Pashto singer.
Earlier, a number of Pashtun singers were threatened, harrassed and terrorised by different Pro-Taliban militant groups but the recent attack on Sardar Yousafzai was the most serious incident in this regard. The militant attack left four musicians wounded and one dead. Anwar Gul, who was a senior harmonium player and close companion of Sardar Yousafzai, was killed in the attack.
In the audio interview, Sardar Yousafzai tells about the details of the attack that sent shock waves among all singers and musicians in Malakand region.
Duration: 6:45 minutes.
How does Sardar Yousafzai feel after the attack? Who was responsible for the attack? And why are musicians and singers regularly targetted by Taliban groups in North Western Pakistan?
In this telephone interview with Freemuse’s correspondent, Sardar Yousafzai shares some facts about risks to singers and musicians who lives in his region.
About the singer
About the production
“…Fear is there. I feel frightened
Translation of the audio interview
One of the injured musicians, the harmonium player Anwar Gul, later died from his wound in a hospital in Peshawar.
The deteriorating law and order situation in different parts of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has not only affected common people in many ways but has also confronted local singers and musicians with new challenges for their security and survival. Initially, it was mostly music shops which were targeted by the militants, but now Pashtun singers and musicians are under severe attacks from different militant organisations.
Pashtun musicians argue that despite the fact that they always promoted peace and love through their songs, they and their families still feel insecure in the region. Sardar Yousafzai expressed his fear in these words:
“Fear is there. I feel frightened every moment because I don’t know who is my enemy. I don’t know him and I am not aware when he will target me again. This time I survived the attack, but my enemy will attack again when he finds a chance. The problem is that I don’t know who will be my attacker and why does he want to kill me.”
Shaheen Buneri ends his audio report from Pakistan by saying:
The north-western part of Pakistan
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Sardar interviewed by Swedish tv
Journalist Andreas Zernell from STV2 Aktueltt interviewed Sardar Yousafzai (named Sardar Takkar in the report) who told him that “even if a miracle should happen, it is going to take at least another 50 years before the situation is back to normal around here. I don’t know if I will be alive by then.”
Andreas Zernell interviewed a music trader by the name Sherdil Khan as well.
A revolutionary song by Sardar Yousafzai on YouTube.com:
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