Heather Schmid targeted by terrorists after performing for Musharraf?March 19th, 2009 - 4:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 19 (ANI): World-renowned classical singer Heather Schmid has revealed that her private performance for Pakistan’’s then-President Pervez Musharraf has made her a target for terrorists threats.
Schmid had been in Pakistan to perform in a music festival to raise funds for the country after the devastating earthquakes in 2006, and she became so popular there that she was invited to do a private performance at the Governor’’s Mansion.
After the show, photos of her and Musharraf started appearing in a number of publications, and she was deemed the “ambassador of peace” by the Pakistani press.
“People just started associating me with him,” Fox News quoted her as saying.
“And soon after that, an Al Qaeda leader announced that anyone associated with Musharraf was a target,” she said.
But it was only until a few months back that strange things started happening in Schmid’’s life, things which prompted her and her management to reach out to the FBI.
“I started to get disturbing phone calls and Facebook requests, my Web site was being hacked in a very slow, clever way. Things like my family photos were being taken and my tour schedule was changed,” she said.
“My Webmaster tracked it back to Pakistan, and it was clear from the coding that this was done not by an amateur, but an organized group.
“I was then invited to receive a ”Personality of the Year” award in Pakistan, but the details were sketchy, and my friend was shocked to find an extremist video on YouTube where myself, Condoleezza Rice and President Bush are the Americans in the video considered as ”Anti-Islamist”,” she stated.
The FBI has taken Schmid’’s case as a credible threat, and has filed a report, advising her to track all calls and odd occurrences, to change her Web server, and to hire protection while out in certain public places.
“I feel like it’’s my purpose to travel the world and performing in the East is part of my life plan. I”m not going to stop doing what I do,” she said.
“It’’s obviously not a good feeling knowing that people are plotting things against you, but I felt like I had such a positive connection with Pakistan, and I don”t want it to be this way,” she added. (ANI)
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