Coke Studio guitarist got death threats for playing music

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Coke Studio guitarist Imran Akhoond revealed to ‘The Express Tribune’ that he received death threats for playing music.

According to the musician, who is a session player and veteran Coke Studio guitarist, Imran Akhoond received death threats for playing ‘haraam music’ two months ago in Buffer Zone.

The Coke Studio guitarist revealed that he was on his way to a relative’s house with his wife in Buffer Zone when he was stopped by two armed motorcyclists.

“Keep looking forward and listen to us carefully,” they said after pulling up besides his car. “What you are doing is Haraam and against the spirit of Islam. The music you play on TV is backed by Jewish companies and that is also forbidden. I hope you understand what we are trying to tell you,” they said before fleeing.

Four days after the incident, Akhoond filed a complaint with the Taimuria Police Station but no FIR was registered.

The Coke Studio guitarist, who in 2018 switched over to Pepsi Battle of the Bands, says that he cannot afford to hire security.

“Fifteen days later they [police] called me and asked, ‘what should we do with your complaint’ and I told them, ‘it’s not my job to find out who did it,” he said. “My family and I are scared to death. The threat was clearly aimed at the profession I have been involved with for the past two decades.”

Akhoond said that the police’s inaction was outrageous and that they had suggested to him to install a CCTV camera outside his home.