Shae Gill, who rose to fame earlier this year after being featured on Coke Studio Season 14 banger Pasoori, has finally revealed that she is a Christian.
The 23-year-old Lahore-based singer found herself in controversy since publicly expressing her condolences on Instagram to Sikh singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s friends, family and fans after the Indian rapper was shot dead on Sunday.
However, things took a turn for the worst when many responded to her story, criticising her for sending prayers to a non-Muslim. The singer took to the same platform and addressed all the people sending her such messages.
Posting screenshots of some of the replies on her Instagram story, Gill said, “I’ve been getting a lot of such messages. Just wanted to inform everyone that I am not a Muslim. I am a Christian and belong to a Christian family and can make prayers for people from different religions.”
The singer went on to share further screenshots of people bashing her for sending prayers to Moose Wala while living in a Muslim state and replied, “If you send me messages like this, you are getting blocked”. She went on to mention that she does check her DMs from time to time to keep up with her fans.
After the entire fiasco, Gill shared that she started receiving plenty of love and support from her fans, saying that all the love was heartwarming. “I honestly wouldn’t have announced it like that but I just got sick of people believing that they could police me by that standard,” clarified the singer.
Religious extremism frequently rears its ugly head in Pakistan, where the rights of minority groups are often neglected.
Aspiring Christian models and presenters also face an uphill struggle to make their careers in the Pakistani media. Despite its glitz and glamour, the showbiz world has a dark track record of interfaith harmony. Several famous artists have converted to Islam in recent years.
Moose Wala, who had joined the Congress before the Punjab elections, was shot dead on Sunday by gangsters in an attack near his ancestral village Jawaharke in district Mansa, Punjab, reported the Times of India. The incident occurred within 24 hours after his security was withdrawn by the Punjab government.
More than 30 rounds were fired at the vehicle he was travelling in. Police said Sidhu appeared to have sustained more than eight bullet injuries and was taken to the Mansa civil hospital where he passed away.