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Song of change: Jawad Ahmed sings to bring change for Pakistani labourers

Famous Pakistani singer Jawad Ahmed with the collaboration of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) had organised a concert.

This event was especially for those families who had lost their loved ones in the blaze that overwhelmed the Ali Enterprises garment factory on September 11, 2012.

Jawad Ahmed had compiled a song with the title of ‘Pukaar’ for the factory fire victims.

This event was a wakeup call for the labourers. There were pictures of labourers rather than posters of stars. Everybody in the ground stood silently when Jawad Ahmed started to sing. He sang the new song for five minutes.
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He asked the labourers to stand united. He said there are so many political parties who are only disputing on their own issues.

There is no one to support and protect the labourers. There is no leader to provide the rights of labourers on the equality basis.

“We will bring a revolution through this song which will change the lives of labourers for the better,” he said.

“There are many problems plaguing their lives and they can only be addressed if all of them stand united.”
via The Express Tribune

Only labourers’ protection is possible with the change that can be brought with their efforts and collaboration. Before dedicating the song to labourers he said, that change can never come until they realise its importance and stand up for their protection and rights.

Last year so many Pakistani labourers had lost their lives in the burning incidents in Karachi and Lahore. No protection remedy for the workers has been planned yet.

Jawad Ahmed said that he would perform his song in other industrial cities of Pakistan.

Image courtesy of tribune.com.pk

Sahir Ali Bagga to produce music for Mengal’s Movie Hijrat

A famous Pakistani music producer and singer Sahir Ali Bagga achieved loads of appreciation for Cocktails Music.Following the success of Cocktail, Bagga’s next focus is to work on the Indian music industry.

He intends to move forward with a new project. Now he is expected to produce music for Farooq Mengal’s movie titled as “Hijrat”.

He will also be going to India to collaborate with several known Indian singers, including Shreya Goshal. Sahir Ali Bagga will produce the music for the film of director Farooq Mengal titled Hijrat.

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The rest of the tracks for the movie ‘Hijrat’ will be done by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Imran Aziz, Ali Azmat and one by himself.

Sahir Ali Bagga is planning to go to India to collaborate with some renowned singers there including Shreya Goshal and Mohit Chauhan.

He reveals that the restoration of the music scene in Pakistan is possible. Just here is need of collaboration of local artists.

Pakistan has everything; here is just need to work with planning and collaboration and to produce good music.

In terms of female vocalists Sahir Ali Bagga emphasised the importance of female vocalists. He reveals that female vocalists should be encouraged to participate in singing. There is need to boost them up.

He thinks that Mengal’s film will be a major film for Pakistan and the tem is trying to promote it.

First death anniversary of Arfa Karim on January 14, 2013

Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) died on January 14, 2012 after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest.

Talented Pakistani Arfa Karim Randhawa had become the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in 2004 at the age of 9. Her first death anniversary is being observed in Pakistan.

On 22 December 2011 she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain, and was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition.

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She breathed her last at the age of 16 years, on January 14, 2012 after being in coma for over 26 days at the Combine Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore. She was buried in her native village Jatt Randhawa in Faisalabad.

Arfa Karim was daughter of retired Lt. Colonel of Pakistan army. She was born in 1995 to a Jatt Randhawa family in Faisalabad.

Arfa Karim became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine in 2004. She kept the world title till 2008.

She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in the USA when she was only 10-year-old.

Arfa-Karim-Randhawa-e1326807023399On 2 August 2005, Arfa Karim earned the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz on the occasion of 113th birth anniversary of Fatima Jinnah.

In 2005 she received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award, set up by Pakistan’s  famous personality  Dr Abdul Salam. She was also awarded with the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.

In 2006 she was invited by the Microsoft to be a central speaker at the Tech-Ed Developers Conference and she was the only Pakistani among more than 5000 developers.

In 2011, at the age of 16, Arfa Karim was studying at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus in her second year of A-levels.

On 15 January 2012, the next day of her death, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced that the name of Lahore Technology Park would be changed to Arfa Software Technology Park.

May her soul rest in heaven.

Ali Zafar to work in Yash Raj film Kill Dil

Famous Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar is starring with Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra in the latest Yash Raj film, ‘Kill Dil’.

Ali Zafar has been on a roll with his Bollywood projects signing for one movie after another. His newest inspiring project is Yash Raj Films’ ‘Kill Dil’.

The film is produced by Aditya Chopra and is being directed by Shaad Ali  who is making a comeback to the direction after 5 years gap  with Yash Raj Films’ ‘Kill Dil’.

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The cast of high profile film includes Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra and others.

The movie will go on the floors in October and is expected to be released in 2014.

Ali Zafar gained great recognition for his talented jobs. Recently, he made his entry in Coke Studio season 6.

Ali Zafar made his debut as a musician with the album Huqa Pani, released in Pakistan in 2003 and worldwide in 2005. Then he made his debut in a Bollywood movie namely Tere Bin Laden, directed by Abhishek Sharma.

Hasti Basti of The Others a song of youngsters [video]

The Others is Pakistan youngest rockers’ band comprising of 17-year-old Zoya Uzair (vocalist) and her 11-year-old brother Ali Sultan (drummer). Two years ago, the talented youngsters made their debut as a band at the young music competition.

This brother and sister have opened the band for leading artists such as Ali Azmat Strings, Atif Aslam, Jal, Symt, Call, Noori etc.

Finally, the band came out with its first single song Hasti Basti.

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The song Hasti Basti is a tribute to the grandfather of Zoya Uzair and Ali Sultan. Their grandfather Bashir Ahmed Bashir was a writer and poet who passed away two years ago. He mostly wrote ghazals and poetry.

The track Hasti Basti aims to show a different and softer side of the band with the feeling that everything should have a deep meaning.

The basic concept of the band The Others is to mix eastern and western tunes but with this track, the band aims to do something different from what they have been doing so far.

Hasti Basti is their first track in Urdu. Zoya told that she is more comfortable singing in English and says the transition to Urdu seemed expected as the Pakistani market never really succeeded in English.

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Through this song both Zoya and Ali wanted to leave an impact on peoples’ mind that’s why they have selected their great grandfather’s poetry.

The song contains a deep meaning. The poem is about losing a loved person and the feelings associated with that loss.

Zoya’s younger brother Ali Sultan recites the lyrics in the middle. Both the sister and brother said that they recite the poetry to provide clear understanding between the music and poetry.

Bilal Muneer, gave his guitar skills and Akmal Jafri played the flute for the single Hasti Basti. Hansti Basti was composed by Naseem Abbas. The band’s future plans consist of releasing more original songs.

Zoya said that their next song would be expected within next two months that would be a mixture of eastern and western sounds and it would be about education. They have the plan to perform live throughout the country.

The video of the song Hasti Basti is below.

Hansti Basti by The Others from The Others Pakistan on Vimeo.

Ayeza khan (Aiza) in Samsung Pehchan TVC

Ayeza Khan (Aiza) is a talented Pakistani model turned to actress. She can be seen in various tv commercial and drama serials.

Currently, she is playing her excellent role in Samsung Pehchan TVC (television commercial). Many actors can be seen in this commercial. Ayeza Khan (Aiza) is performing as a domestic woman.

Ahsan Khan is being seen to bring Samsung mobile in the commercial. Children can be seen playing cricket.

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The scene of victory of Pakistani cricket team is available in this ad. A touch of load shedding can be seen in the commercial and then search light of Samsung mobile helps the people to cross the road.

Ayeza Khan (Aiza) started her career with modelling when she was 16 years. She modelled for some Pakistani Magazines. Her first drama serial was Tum Jo Miley in 2009 on Hum TV.

Currently, she is performing excellent in the serial Kahi Un Kahi. She has appeared in many other TVCs and drama serials.

The ad is below.

Atif Aslam to sing a song for Yash Raj Films

Famous and talented Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has sung a song for an upcoming Bollywood movie that is scheduled to be release this year (2013) under the banner of Yash Raj Films.

Atif Aslam has given so many offers of different tracks to various Bollywood Movies. He is getting one after another opportunity from Bollywood, so rapidly.

Though, Atif Aslam has been very famous among the audience since long, but this time he has got singing contract from another huge banner, Yash Raj Films.

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It is being heard that Atif Aslam will be adding his vocals to the soundtrack of new Yash Raj Films, “Mere Dad Ki Maruti”. Along with Atif Aslam, Mika Singh is taken on board for singing the tracks for the movie.

The Music Director is Sachin Gupta, who has also produced Atif’s second album “Doorie”. This is a comedy type movie. The star cast of the movie is all new.

Previously, Ali Zafar has worked and released his music album “Jhoom” under the Yash Raj Films Banner. Now Atif Aslam got the chance to sing for Yash Raj Films.

Recently, Atif Aslam led Pakistani musical team as a captain of Pakistani team in the musical contest in Sur Ksherta.

Pakistani singer won the trophy against India.  Atif Aslam is very popular for his excellent jobs across the border.

Shahid Nazir One Pound Fish man meets Abrar ul Haq

Pakistan has so much talented people who have proved themselves across the world. Shahid Nazir started to work on a fish stall in Queens Market in Upton Park, London.

His boss asked him to shout to attract the people and Shahid Nazir decided to sing about his product because he hated shouting.

The market stall trader rose to Gangnam-style level fame last year when he adopted the creative way to sell fish. His singing at the fish stall has changed his life. He got more than 3.6 million views on YouTube and signed a record deal with Warner Music.

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In an interview Shahid Nazir said now he has aim to release the Punjabi version of his song One Pound Fish. He said he has plan to continue his singing career.

A few days ago he came back Pakistan from UK. He was warmly welcomed by Pakistani people.

He went to famous Pakistani singer Abrar ul Haq’s home to see him.

Abrar ul Haq updated his Facebook status on 4th January. “Shahid One pound fish fame visited me at my residence today. He is a v good person.”

Abrar ul Haq is famous for his excellent work as he is known as the king of Bhangra.

Abrar ul Haq is very talented and popular Pakistani singer. He is also the President of Youth Wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. In December 2011 it was reported that Abrar ul Haq had joined the Pakistani political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Abrar ul Haq received several awards for his excellent performance in Pakistan showbiz industry.

Image courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/Abrarulhaq?fref=ts

Foggy and cold weather in Pakistan breaks past records [pictures]

Normally the winter season is considered a season of feast and joy in Pakistan. This winter has brought a strange phenomenon in recent weeks. So much fog and cold is in Pakistan from last few weeks.

This time around, the 50-year cold records in the Punjab plains are broken.

On Monday, the Motorway was closed from Islamabad to Kalar Kahar around 07:00pm as thick fog had covered the federal capital and adjoining areas on Monday.

Meanwhile, routine life in Rawalpindi division and some other divisions had stopped because of dense fog and cold wave, hitting road, rail and air traffic badly. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded 0 degree and maximum temperature was 12.

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Traffic routes and routine life works have been disturbed because of foggy and cold weather. The authorities closed down Benazir Bhutto International Islamabad Airport (BBIIAP) for the flights and some flights have been delayed.

The dealers of wooden fuel and coals increased the prices of the commodities, taking advantage of the worried situation that is causing immense troubles for the citizens.

Tens of thousands of school, college and university students, office goers, laborers and people belong to other walks of life also facing problems due to fog and bone sizzling cold in the morning.

The business of soup, dry fruits, tea, pakora samosas and coffee got momentum in the city as huge rush of people could be witnessed around the shops. Unfortunately these shopkeepers are offering huge rates to the costumers.

With the severe conditions of weather Pakistanis are facing a big problem because of unavailability of gas for domestic work as well as there is shortage of CNG for transport.

Here are some current pictures of foggy and cold weather of Pakistan.

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Kaptaan movie on Imran Khan theatrical trailer released

Kaptaan is a film based on the life of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. The story of the film is written by Faisal Aman Khan and he is also directing the film.

According to Amar Tareen the much-awaited film Kaptaan is scheduled to release nationwide by the end of February. The exact date is not revealed yet now.

Amar Tareen informed The Express Tribune that the team of Kaptaan is working on the remaining 10 per cent of the film, with final shots being taken in Islamabad, Mianwali and Lahore.

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“Our intention is to release the film first in the major cinemas of Pakistan and then move on to distribution options on a global level,” said Tareen.
via The Express Tribune

Local channels are keenly interested in distributing the film, because of the unexpected delays in production no commitments have been made yet.

Amar Tareen said that ‘Kaptaan’ is a tribute to a personality which is attractive by his leadership and charm.

He explains that this film is a private project with a minimal budget and it should not be taken as a political project.

Amar Tareen said that the major additions had been made to the cast with the presence of former PTV host Saman Ansari. She is making a comeback to screen after a long time.

317520-Kaptaanphotofile-1325863523-340-640x480She would have a major role in the film and would provide further improvement to the cast. Remaining cast of the film Kaptaan includes  Abdul Mannan Saeeda Imtiaz Naveed Akbar and Usman Aslam.

No doubt, Imran Khan is certainly the most popular national hero of Pakistan. He won the first and only Cricket World Cup for his country in 1992.

Establishment of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore after his mother died are his remarkable efforts.

Recently, he is on a mission to bring a huge change in Pakistan that would be beneficial for Pakistani mass and would be suitable for the prosperity of Pakistan.

He wants to bring this change and equality based system in Pakistan with his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf.

The film is all about the struggle of Kaptaan (Imran khan) in doing some of the most unattainable missions. The trailer of Faisal Aman Khan’s long awaited film Kaptaan has been released, but the release date of the movie is still not revealed.

Trailor of the film Kaptaan, based of Imran Khan’s life and his efforts is below.