Arts, Culture & Media

A Hit Song in Peshawar: "My Gaze is as Fatal as a Drone Attack"



Manya Gupta

A video grab of Sitara Younis' drone attack song.

American drone attacks have been part of the landscape in Pakistan for many years. So much so, that they have made it into popular culture.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.)

Jon Boone writes for The Guardian out of Islamabad. He says many popular love songs and made-for-TV movies contain references to drone attacks and suicide bombs. Many of these are "slightly tacky pulpy saucy videos that are churned out by the little cottage film industry in the tribal areas." Singer Sitara Younis made one such video which ended up on YouTube with thousands of hits. It's called "My Gaze Is as Fatal as a Drone Attack."