22 May, 2021

Ali Zafar released a short music video in collaboration with Chinese singer Xiang Minqi. The song has been released to commemorate 70 years of Pak-China diplomatic relations.

"On the 70th anniversary of the development of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, I learnt some Chinese and sang about our friendship," wrote Zafar in a social media post.

The song is about love and friendship, using the blossoming of gardenia as a metaphor for the relationship the two countries share. The song ends with the sentiment that, "love is the most beautiful language."

In a later tweet, Zafar shared a poster designed to mark the occasion.

Pakistan's ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque also announced the song, saying, "'You stole my heart', a special duet by Ali Zafar and Xiang Minqi paying a tribute to the special, unique and eternal friendship between China and Pakistan."

This user spotted something many missed, prompting a response from Zafar. They claimed the song was recorded on his birthday.

"How did you know?" Zafar inquired.

Another user, presented proof.

Zafar conceded. He also revealed that the song and the video were recorded in just three hours.

Fans are delighted by the release and have been sharing it on social media.

Not everyone loved it though. Many criticised the move, calling it "propaganda", highlighting the plight of the Uyghur Muslims.

What are your thoughts on the song?