On April 12, Thakur Raja Singh Lodh, a BJP member of the Telangana Assembly representing the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, tweeted saying, "My new song which will be released on 14th April at 11:45 AM on the occasion of #SriRamNavami is dedicated to our #IndianArmy forces." Along with the tweet, he attached a small video clip of him recording the patriotic anthem that went, 'Apni Himmat Watan'.
Two days after this video clip was released in Twitter, Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Pakistan’s ISPR, on Sunday said: “Glad that you copied. But copy to speak the truth as well.”
Ghafoor and many others pointed out that the song and lyrics of Raja Singh's song was eerily similar to "Pakistan Zindabad", a song sung by Pakistani singer Sahir Ali Bagga. The song was uploaded to the verified YouTube channel of Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces on March 21, 2019 and is dedicated to the Pakistani armed forces.
The BJP legislator, who has never been secretive of his disdain for Pakistan, however, claimed that he was "clueless" about the existence of a Pakistani version of his song.
"I don't have any clue about this Pakistani song. How do I know what the team composes or does? I didn't even hear this Pakistani song even until now," said Raja Singh to Nabinder Bommala, a reporter with Times of India. When asked who composed the song, the MLA reportedly said, "We have a team that sat together and composed."
Later, he also released a video in which he said that no one in India was desperate enough to copy songs from Pakistan, a country that produced terrorists.
"I didn't even know that a terrorist state can also have singers. We have no necessity to copy a song from Pakistan, a terrorist state. We have everything in India, people who write songs and those who sing," he said in the video.
Just last February, Raja Singh called for the removal of Sania Mirza the tennis star as the brand ambassador for Telangana state, "We don’t need to make a Pakistani daughter-in-law our brand ambassador,” had said the Goshamahal legislator.