Pankaj Udhas concert in Sydney – a night to remember!

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Urdu is the most beautiful language for poetry. That’s the reason that for last two centuries countless number of singers from the Indo-Pak subcontinent sings Urdu ghazals and songs. Even in the Hindi films most of the songs are written in Urdu words.

Pankaj Udhas is one of the most popular and highly talented singers from India. He has a beautiful voice and his albums are listened all over the world by the lovers of classical music. Yesterday I got a great opportunity of attending his live concert in Sydney. Beautiful theatre of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) was full with the Pakistani, Indian and Fijian migrants. Pankaj in this concert also launched his new album Khamoshi Ki Awaz (خاموشی کی آواز). He started performing at 9:00 pm and continued till 1:00 am with a half hour break in the middle.

Pankaj sang his favourite songs in the following sequence:

  1. Aap jin kay qareeb hotay hayn (آپ جن کے قریب ہوتے ہیں)
    2. Bay parda nazar aayeen jo (بے پردہ نظر آئیں جو)
    3. Niklo naa bay naqab zamana kharab hay (نکلو نہ بے نقاب، زمانہ خراب ہے)
    4. Dewaroun se mil ker rona achha lagta hay (دیواروں سے مل کر رونا اچھا لگتا ہے)
    5. Aur aahista kijiye baatayn (اور آہستہ کیجئے باتیں)
    6. Jiyain tou jiyain kaisay (جئیں تو جئیں کیسے)
    7. Dukh sukh tha aik sub ka (دکھ سکھ سب کا ایک تھا)
    8. Chandi jaisa rung hay tera (چاندی جیسا رنگ ہے تیرا)
    9. Sub ko maaloom hay mayn sharabi naheen (سب کو معلوم ہے میں شرابی نہیں)
    10. Koi umeed bur naheen aati (کوئی امید بر نہیں آتی)
    11. Amber ki ye oonchayee (mayee) (امبر کی یہ اونچائی۔ مائیں)
    12. Laa pila dey saqiya (لا پلا دے ساقیا)
    13. Yeh chithi bun ke aata hay (یہ چٹھی بن کے آتا ہے ۔ قطع)
    14. Chithi aayee hay (چٹھی آئی ہے)
    15. Aaiye baarishoun ka mausam hay (آئیے بارشوں کا موسم ہے)
    16. Dil daita hay ro ro duhayee (دل دیتا ہے رو رو دہائی)
    17. Naa kajray ki dhaar(نہ کجرے کی دھار)
    18. Aaj phir tum pe pyar aaya hay (آج پھر تم پہ پیار آیا ہے)
    19. Aey gham-e-zindagi (اے غم زندگی)
    20. Ghungroo toot gaye (گھنگرو ٹوٹ گئے)

He performed all the songs in a wonderful way and the audience enjoyed every single moment of his performance. Pankaj also introduced audience with his highly talented musicians. Nasir Sajjad Hussain on mandolin, Rajindra Singh on violin, Vishal on keyboards and Rashid Mustafa on Tabla gave superb performance and got huge applause from the crowd. During the concert Pankaj interacted with audience frequently and educated them about Urdu words used in his ghazals. I will remember this beautiful night forever.

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Paresh Rawal and Ismail Tara – two legends from Indo-Pak entertainment industries

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In my childhood I used to watch PTV super hit comedy programme ‘Fifty-Fifty’. Ismail Tara was the backbone of this very popular show which kept running for several years. Ismail also performed in some movies under the direction of Syed Noor, Javed Sheikh and Humayun Saeed. Recently I watched Humayun Saeed’s super hit Lollywood flick ‘Main Hoon Shahid Afridi’ (I am Shahid Afridi).  Ismail Tara in this film played role of a cricket club owner. His name in this film was Malik Khalid. Mr. Tara performed the role in such a perfect way that everything seemed to be real. Ismail in this role manages a team comprising of young cricketers from the poor families of Sialkot. This role was very challenging for Ismail being an Urdu speaking person who had to speak Punjabi in Sialkoti dialect in this role. Ismail proved that he can perform any role without any difficulty.

Now I would like to discuss about the Indian legendary actor Paresh Rawal. He is a great film actor from Bollywood. He most of the times has appeared in comic roles, but he has proved his mettle also in the serious roles. I am one of his greatest fans in the world. Paresh acted extraordinarily wonderful in the movies like Baghban and Aankhain. His role of Ilyas, a blind man, in Aankhain brings tears in the eyes. In Baghban he has performed role of a café owner where Amitabh Bachchan (playing as Mr. Raj Malhotra) spends his time while living away from his wife (played by Hima Malini) and writes his book ‘Baghban’. Paresh in the role of Himent Patel gave superb performance. He gave name of ‘Mota Bhai’ to Raj Malhotra and his face expressions, and dialogues with Amitabh were just amazing. He also has given tremendous performance in ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ and ‘Welcome’.

Ismail Tara and Paresh Rawal are the jewels of Urdu and Hindi entertainment industry. I wish both of them a beautiful life.

Breaking News!!!!

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Today I was watching Australian TV channel ‘7 News’ live. In their morning show they were showing some police raids in Melbourne in which police had arrested some suspected criminals. However to my surprise there was no ‘Breaking News’ slide on the TV screen and only a limited information including a footage without showing faces of the captured persons and without any detailed description was shared with the public. After the news the newscaster didn’t call any of the TV reporters for getting more information. Also the news was not repeated or discussed at all again. I immediately got the essence of peace in Australia.

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For last few weeks I have been following Pakistani news channels for getting knowledge about the PTI and PAT sit-ins (دھرنے) in Islamabad. ARY News deputed their anchors Mubashar Lucman, Kashif Abbasi, Dr. Danish and Waseem Badami for covering and discussing the situation in detail. Other TV channels also did similar things. All TV channels at this critical situation were just interested in breaking the news first of all. Even for very normal things they were showing ‘Breaking News’ slides in red colours. Then they used to repeat single piece of news again and again without any confirmation.

Last week SSP Islamabad Dr. Muhammad Rizwan visited me at my place in Sydney where he has arrived for attending a Policing degree. Dr. Rizwan is the same police officer who handled Sikandar issue in Islamabad last year on 15th of August. I asked him about the issue in detail. Dr. Rizwan criticised the electronic media in a very disappointed tone. He said that Islamabad Police could have easily taken hold of Sikandar if the media had not interrupted the action. Media in the form of different reports and cameramen was there to get ‘food’ for their channels. Dr. Rizwan added that the Police could not shoot Sikandar on his body because of the presence of TV reporters and cameramen in the immediate vicinity.

I really feel sorry to say that our media is playing the worst role in destabilising our beloved country Pakistan. I have live for three years in Dubai. Many times there were big accidents on roads and at the construction sides, but no newspaper or TV channel ever reported the correct figures of the causalities. Where 20 persons lost their lives, only 3 were reported over the media. That’s the reason that UAE is developing rapidly. I request Pakistani media to take a review of their own actions and play a positive role in educating and informing the people of Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif puts Pakistan Army under question

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Imran Khan and Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri have been demanding for the resignation of the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and the Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif since 14th of August 2014 when both of them led long marches to Islamabad. During the long sit-in, Imran Khan gave a call for the civil disobedience to all Pakistani citizens. This action was condemned by many politicians and Khan went into a weak position for the time being. However it’s our strong belief that Allah always helps the righteous.

Long going peaceful yet increasing pressure for the resignation of both Sharif brothers brought them under big stress. In spite of their support from the parliament, especially the so called opposition, Nawaz Sharif asked Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to play his role in improving the situation. General Raheel on his request met Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri and Imran Khan separately. Later when the parliament criticised PM Mian Nawaz Sharif for involving Army in this matter, he simply refused that he had asked for any assistance from the Army Chief. On the other side Imran Khan and Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri both denied that they had requested for the meeting.

Pakistan Army on the other side informed the media and public through Twitter that these meetings were arranged on Prime Minister’s request. This controversy went against the PMLN government at this critical time. Nawaz Sharif is the most unreasonable leader who has always been creating rifts with the armed forces. These things resulted in the termination of his previous governments. Nawaz has always failed in supporting Pakistan Army against the false allegations of Afghan and Indian leadership. Nawaz Sharif is just worried about his seat. His attempt of degrading Army is just because that he does not want any democracy in case he has to resign. He is such a dictator who cannot see anyone else ruling the country. I can now foresee that Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif will soon be out of power and insha Allah Pakistani people will get a better time. However I pray that we could avoid another martial law.

Remember GAZA -You Dance the Dance of Death (by Muhammad Jamal Haider)

I am sad for our Palestinian brothers and sisters, yet pleased to share with you the heart touching poem by brother Muhammad Jamal Haider from Sydney. He has mentioned Hadhrat Khalid bin Waleed (prominent companion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH) and Alexander the great in this worth reading poem.

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You dance the dance of death

You fight the fight of life

You laugh the laugh of wrath

And teach the world eternal right

You dance the dance of death

Legends will be made, stories will be told

Your acts of today, the world writes in gold.

You dance the dance of death

You fight the fight of life

See the child stand stare

Flashing eyes fire tear

“I am the warrior,

Never tire or fear

I am the warrior

Wherever oppression’s there

Whenever oppression’s near

I dance the dance of death

I fight the fight of life”

Time thunders on and on

“Alexander Macedon,

 O’ Khaled Mukhduom

Makes your glory look so tame

A child, woman, and a man

Gaza, Gaza, is the name”

They rewrite the game of doom.

Your chains are not of bondages

Heroics of all ages

As you take a step upright

Cowards are all put to fright

Not a bit of honour in them.

Humanity devoid of shame

You laugh the laugh of wrath

You know no defeat, you care no victory

In the chains, in the chains still you are free

You dance the dance of history

You fight the fight for peace

You laugh the laugh delight

Teach the world eternal right

Show the world eternal light

You sing the song of life.

Insafians need to prove themselves

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Today I am writing on an important issue which needs our immediate attention and action being the members and well-wishers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). I am sorry to say that despite our claiming of being different from the rest being the followers of Imran Khan, we have failed in proving ourselves as better and educated people.

PTI members in Pakistan and overseas (Australia in special) have been in the same dirty politics and blame games that suit other political parties of Pakistan. In Australia so much mess has been created during the last two years that Pakistanis living in this beautiful country are now least bothered in taking any interest in the party events and programmes. I will not mention any name as this could lead to further deterioration of the prevailing bad situation. All the members claim that they are the best and rest is useless.

I would just request all my respected friends to come together and work side by side for promoting the party and its cause. Imran Khan is the most sincere and capable leader after the founder of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah who the nation trusts on. If we just follow his actions and thoughts, I am 100% sure that we can present a much better image of our beloved country and the party. We have to prove that if we like Imran Khan we want ourselves to be like him.

I hereby offer my sincere efforts for resolving the issues with the hope that all affected and involved team members will put their difference aside and listen to each other with the intention of solving the matters in the best way.

Pakistan Zindabad!!!

Israeli terrorism and the shameful silence of Arab world

Once again heartless and brainless Israeli army started killing innocent Palestinian men, women, kids and old age people in Gaza. They are doing this shameful act in the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims all over the world keep fasts, do extra prayers and donate generously.

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On the other side there is once again complete silence from the neighbouring Arab countries. Allah SWT is punishing Muslims just because of their sectarian differences and lack of unity which is the main reason of this barbarian attitude of Israeli terrorists. If we look today’s situation thoughtfully we will find Shias and Sunnis fighting against each other in Arab countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Today one of my Indonesian friends in Sydney told me that in his country where Sunnis are in majority, Shias are considered as infidel (کافر). He added that he got his early education at an Islamic madrassa and was taught that Shias were non-Muslims.

In Iraq Sunnis and Shias are fighting for the sake of power (اقتدار). In Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Libya there are Muslims fighting against each other. In Pakistan and Afghanistan we see Taliban killing Shias and common people. Therefore I can say that we don’t need any other enemy for destroying us. We have atomic bombs but no passion (جذبہ) at all. Hundreds of years ago Hajjaj Bin Yousaf sent Muhammad Bin Qasim to the combined India on the complaint of one Muslim lady against the cruel ruler Raja Dahir. Today hundreds of Muslims are being slaughtered in Israel but Arab countries that fear from USA have sewed their lips against this uncontrolled barbaric and inhuman torture.

This is the time when we need real unity keeping all our internal sectarian differences on side. We need a united approach on controlling the mad Israeli leaders and army. Allah SWT will bless us with victory once we hold His rope together as per His instructions given in Quran. In Sydney Palestinian expatriates are holding a protest on Sunday afternoon. All Muslims in Sydney are requested to try their best in joining our sad Palestinian brothers in their sorrow.

Kissay Apna Kahain… a memorable Urdu TV drama serial

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Pakistan has a wonderful TV drama industry. Our highly talented artists, writers and directors have produced number of drama serials that cannot be forgotten. India is far ahead in making movies and their film industry is competing with Hollywood now. However they cannot beat us in TV dramas where we are the best without any doubt. Hum TV is these days leading in telecasting the quality drama serials.

I normally cannot watch any TV serial continuously as they require lot of time and to be honest most of the time they have extra elongated stories. Last drama serial that I watched completely was ‘Thori Si Wafa Chahiye’. This June I got some time for watching TV dramas on Youtube. My mother introduced me to a current TV drama serial ‘Kissay Apna Kahain’ (کسے اپنا کہیں) which has just finished.

This amazing drama had 44 one hour episodes. The story was so catchy that I could not resist myself from watching all the episodes completely. Veteran actors Shabbir Jaan and Rubina Ashraf have given their best ever performances.

The drama revolves around a family of an old couple (played by Shabbir Jaan and Rubina Ashraf) and their four daughters. The family passes through a very tough time. However their patience, strong faith in Allah Almighty and good intentions pay them and at the end everything gets normal.

Writer Mansoor Mushtaq and Iftekhar Usmani have done a great job by writing the story of this memorable TV serial which has been directed so professionally by Zeeshan Ahmed. Greatest living Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has sung the beautifully composed and written OST for this drama serial. The best lesson that I got from this drama is that one should never feel down for having daughters. Good daughters are the blessing of Allah for their parents. I would recommend this drama especially to those who have daughters only.