"Did not charge a single penny for this anthem/song."
On X, Asim Azhar addressed the issue of monetary compensation for his musical projects.
He particularly mentioned those done in collaboration with the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Asim clarified that he does not charge money for songs that carry a profound message of hope for the nation.
Specifically mentioning his original track for ‘Sinf-e-Aahan’, the anthem aimed at promoting women’s empowerment, Asim stated:
“Fun fact: Did not charge a single penny for this anthem/song.”
The singer expressed his commitment to using his musical talents to inspire and uplift the nation.
Asim asserted that he would continue to create countless such songs. Specifically, the ones that deliver a message of hope and resilience.
However, in his response, Asim also cautioned against associating his art with specific agendas and politics.
Asim wants his work to be appreciated for artistic merits rather than being entangled in the complexities of political narratives.
The public had their own opinions to share on his tweet. Many claimed Asim Azhar was “showing off”.
An X user criticised: “Do you share with us what you charge when you DO charge money? No.
“Then why are you showing off that you did not take any money for this? ‘Oh look I’m so patriotic!'”
A comment read: “How is this a fun fact?”
Another said: “That’s not something to be proud of, you know. You did no one any favour. What a useless thing to brag about.”
One asked: “Is it actually a good deed if he has to flaunt it?”
Many of them questioned why he chose to do something free for ISPR. They highlighted that such a high budget is given to the Pakistan army.
One user expressed: “You should have taken money and donated it to orphans. Because the money you did not charge will be spent on some other useless media activity instead.”
Another remarked: “Please next time charge them because they have a lot of our tax money and are eating it.
Charge money and help a poor person in need.”
“Bro you should have charged MORE from them especially. They all feed off of our expenses.”
On the flip side, some supported Asim Azhar.
One said: “So proud of you Asim!”
Another user said: “This drama and this song hold a very special place in my heart.”
A comment read: “This was a really good drama, and its song really uplifted the vibes. Artists like him give me hope that humanity is not lost.”
It remains unclear what Asim Azhar’s intention was behind the tweet as such diverse narratives are rising.