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Abrar-ul-Haq
ابرار الحق
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Abrar-ul-Haq in Calgary (2014)
Born
Abrar-ul-Haq

21 July 1969 (1969-07-21) (age 52)
Ghulam Muhammad Abad, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Sir Syed College,
Quaid-i-Azam University
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter,
  • philanthropist,
  • politician
Years active 1995–present
Notable work
Sughra Shafi Medical Hospital Complex, Sahara Medical College
Title Founder and Chairman of Sahara for Life Trust
Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society
Political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Spouse(s)
Hareem Abrar (m. 2005)
Children 4
Awards Lux Style Awards
PTV Awards
Honours Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2005)
Sitara-e-Eisaar (2006)

Abrar-ul-Haq (Punjabi: ابرار الحق) is a Pakistani politician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter. His debut 1995 album Billo De Ghar sold over 40.3 million albums worldwide, which made him a household name and granted him the title of "King of Pakistani Pop". Abrar-ul-Haq is the Founder and Chairman of Sahara for Life Trust, a non-profit charitable organisation that provides health services to the people of Narowal and surrounding areas since 1998. He was Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate for the seat of National Assembly from constituency NA-78 (Narowal-II) in the 2018 Pakistani general elections. On 15 November 2019, he was appointed Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

Early life

Abrar-ul-Haq was born in Faisalabad, Pakistan with roots belonging to Narowal, Pakistan. He completed his Bachelor's degree from Sir Syed College in Rawalpindi. He then completed his Master's degree in social science from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad. After that, he started teaching geography at Aitchison College, which is one of the most respected institutes of Pakistan. But he soon realized that singing was his passion and started working on his first album, Billo De Ghar, which was released in 1995.

Music career

Albums

Year Album Label
1995 Billo De Ghar
1998 Majajani Sound Master
1999 Bay Ja Cycle Tay
with hit song "Kurrian Lahore Diyyan"
Sound Master
2000 Mein Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga Sound Master
2002 Assan Jana Mall-o Mall DJ Gold
2004 Nachan Main Audhay Naal TP Gold
2007 Nara Sada Ishq Aye Fire Records
2013 Sab Rang Aap (PBUH) Se Moviebox Record Label
2016 Billo Returns Aithay Rakh ARY Musik

Studio releases

Year Title Label
2006 Collaborations with Gurdas Maan & Sukshinder Shinda Moviebox Record Label
2008 Sar Jlayn Gay Roshani Hogee
2009 Awain Na Kar Zulm Ke Ik Din Muk Jana Moviebox Record Label
2010 Sar Utha Ke Moviebox Record Label
2011 Ki Karan Day O with Shahzaman and Jawad Kahlon Moviebox Record Label
2011 Sohniye-Heeriye with Bhinda Aujla (film: Love Mein Ghum) Reema Khan Film
2011 Ishqe Da Rang, music Prince Ghuman Speed Records and Inda Raikoti
2013 Hogya Ni Piyar with Suman, music Khiza Moviebox Record Label
2013 Pani da Bulbula (film: Zinda Bhaag) Mazhar Zaidi Production
2013 Ishq di Booti Coke Studio Pakistan (season 6)
2014 Allah Hu with Saieen Zahoor Coke Studio Pakistan (season 6)
2014 Ithy Rakh with Sukshinder Shinda Moviebox Record Label
2014 Pani da Bulbula Coke Studio Pakistan (season 7)
2016 Qaseeda Burda Shareef Peace Records
2016 Bekarar with Farhan NTF VIP Records
2017 Facebook Utte, music DJ Sanj Moviebox Record Label
2018 Hum Dekhenge (promo song Ft several artists) Coke Studio Pakistan (season 11)
2018 Mere Rashke Qamar, music Asif Khan Moviebox Record Label
2018 Ballay Ballay with Aima Baig Coke Studio Pakistan (season 11)
2019 Diamond Ring, music Arbaz Khan Beyond Records
2019 Rahiya Sohneya Akhrot Film
2019 Bhabhi with Shipra Goyal and Jaidev Kumar (film: Ishq My Religion) Gurdeep Dhillon Films
2019 Billo Coke Studio Pakistan (season 12)
2019 Chamkeeli
2020 Paar with Bohemia Kali Denali Music
2020 Udaasi ki Raatain Kashmir

Television

Year Program Role Channel
2004 Music Show: Star Host Himself/host ATV
2015 Ramzan Transmission: Mohabbat Hai Ramzan Himself/host A-Plus TV
2016-17 Talk Show: Darja-e-Shararat Himself/host Samaa TV

TEDx Talks

Date Topic Venue Location
2019 Developing Free Healthcare TEDx Talks - TMUC Islamabad, Pakistan
2019 Youth in a Nation Building Process TEDx Talks - Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan

Awards

Year Award Category Award ceremony Result
2000 PTV Awards Folk singer PTV World Won
2002 Lux Style Award Best Singer 2002 Best Singer 1st Lux Style Awards Won
2003 Lux Style Award Best Singer 2003 Best Singer 2nd Lux Style Awards Won
2004 PTV Awards Six years consecutive award holder for best pop singer PTV Home Won
2018 Lux Style Award Best Dress Male Best Dress (Male) 17th Lux Style Awards Won

Philanthropy

Sahara for Life Trust

Abrar-ul-Haq is the Founder and Chairman of Sahara for Life Trust (SLT) since its inception in 1998. SLT is a non-profit charitable organisation promoting health and education in remote areas. SAHARA stands for: "Services Aimed at Health and Awakening in Remote Areas". SLT is recognized and registered as a leading charitable organization in Pakistan, U.K and U.S. It is also certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) and U.N (under the charter of DESA). SLT has been involved in numerous relief and rehabilitation efforts over the years. In 2003, SLT established its first large-scale general hospital in Narowal, Pakistan. The Sughra Shafi Medical Hospital Complex is a PMDC-certified general hospital that provides a wide range of healthcare services to the people of Narowal and its surrounding areas. The location of this hospital also reduced the travel time for patients in critical condition who were unable to travel to major cities for treatment in a timely manner, saving lives. In December 2015, SLT opened their Sahara Medical College doors in Narowal, giving admissions to 100 students for their first graduating class and expanding the Sughra Shafi Medical Hospital Complex into a teaching hospital. In March 2019, Chairman Abrar-ul-Haq announced SLT's next project - the Sahara Cancer Hospital in Narowal.

Major projects

  • 2003 Sughra Shafi Medical Hospital Complex- Narowal, Pakistan
  • 2015 Sahara Medical College - Narowal, Pakistan
  • Upcoming project: Sahara Cancer Hospital - Narowal, Pakistan

Other projects

  • Free routine medical camps - Narowal, Pakistan
  • Myanmar Muslims relief - Bangladesh
  • Natural disasters (earthquake, tsunami, floods, etc.) relief and rehabilitation - Pakistan and other affected countries

Honours and recognition

  • Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) received from the President of Pakistan on 23 March 2005 for public service / music / philanthropy.
  • Sitara-e-Eisaar received by the President of Pakistan on 30 June 2006 for outstanding humanitarian relief work during the 8 October 2005 devastating earthquake in Pakistan.
  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)- Appointed Humanitarian Ambassador of OIC on 11 January 2011.

Political career

In January 2006, Abrar-ul-Haq began the Youth Parliament of Pakistan, a non-political organization that fosters the development of young people. In December 2011, Abrar-ul-Haq then joined the Pakistani political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Youth Parliament of Pakistan

Youth Parliament of Pakistan- Chairman (2006–present).

The Youth Parliament of Pakistan (YPP) is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious program that fosters excellence and translates talent in the young people of Pakistan through community service and tangible achievements. Its vision is to empower the young people of Pakistan with the ability to understand their role in society.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)- Senior member (2011–present).

  • 2012 PTI President of Youth Wing
  • 2013 PTI Secretary of Foreign Affairs
  • 2013 PTI Candidate for National Assembly Constituency NA-117 (Narowal-III) election.
  • 2018 PTI Candidate for National Assembly Constituency NA-78 (Narowal-II) election.
  • 2019 - Abrar ul Haq was appointed Pakistan Red Crescent Society's (PRCS) 16th chairman on 15 November 2019 and assumed office on 27 December 2019. The three-year appointment was approved by Arif Alvi and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination issued the notification. The PRCS, also known as Hilal Ahmar, is a humanitarian non-profit organization established in 1947 that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness throughout Pakistan.

Personal life

He married Hareem Abrar in 2005. They have one son and three daughters.

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