The golden-throated singing
sensation Reshma, who entertained Asians with her folk singing, could have
lived if only her country and government had looked after her medical needs.
Hitting out angrily at the
Pakistani government, singer Adnan Sami, said, "I don't mourn her death as
much as I mourn her last days of throat cancer where she was left to rot alone
with no support from her government's Ministry Of Culture and the
government-run 'Lok Versa' who are not only supposed to uphold the glory of the
folk heritage but also support artistes who create the folk heritage."
Adnan is deeply offended and
angered by the attitude of the policy-makers towards iconic artistes in both
India and Pakistan. "Look at how Mubarak Begum or the late Mehdi Hassan is
treated! What is the point of glorifying the artiste once she is gone after
abandoning her during her hour of need? The same happened with Allan Fakir,
Mehdi Hassan and countless other stalwarts in the past. Now it is Begum
Turning emotional, Adnan bids
Reshma goodbye. "May she rest in peace. I know she is in a better place
today. ...Aaj sabko khabar hai ki unki qabr kahaan hai magar woh zinda kahaan
aur kis haal mein hai, kisiko khabar nahin! "
Adnan Sami added that,
"Pakistan is no country for artistes. And then they ask why their artistes
leave their country! Does anyone want to be at their mercy? God bless her