Ali Zafar has been making international headlines for many years not just as a talented singer, but also as an accomplished actor, painter, model and humanitarian. However, the most impressive of his accomplishments is his active socio-political profile. Ali has never refrained from speaking his mind and is one of the few celebrities in Pakistan who takes the time out to offer discourse on issues that pertain to the country and its state.
He may not be the only active Pakistani celebrity on Twitter, but he is definitely the most popular with over 208,000 followers in January 2013 alone. He continues to channel this celebrity for the good.
Not only does Ali Zafar continue to represent Pakistan as a cultural ambassador promoting peace wherever he goes, but also does not hesitate to motivate his impressive fan base and all who follow his activities and accomplishments towards noble causes. Recently, not only did Ali endorse an art auction which facilitated the education of some 40 Pakistani girls, but also spoke at cross-border forums of Aaj Tak Agenda and the India Today Mind Rocks Summit.
Not too long ago we found him passionately campaigning on Twitter for the cut on the entertainment tax levied by the Pakistan’s government on all entertainment events. This, he stressed, is a deterrent to the progress of an industry full of young hopeful artists and performers that are in essence the cultural representation of Pakistan’s identity. He went head to head with CM Shahbaz Sharif and even rallied the support of influential artists and performers to formulate a petition which was then filed with the appropriate authorities. It gives us hope yet to know that even when a public figure such as Ali Zafar reaches such heights of fame, that the sense of identity and importance of social action is not lost in flashing lights.