Abrar-ul-Haq in Calgary (2014)
|Birth name||Abrar-ul-Haq Kahloon|
|Also known as||Jattan Da Jagga |
Punjab Da Sitara
|Born||21 July 1968|
Ghulam Muhammad Abad, Faisalabad, Pakistan
|Associated acts||Coke Studio (Pakistan) (Season 6) (2013)|
Abrar-ul-Haq (Punjabi, Urdu: ابرار الحق) is a Pakistani musician (pop, bhangra, and folk), philanthropist and politician. 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 his debut album Billo De Ghar (1995) his name appears as simply "Abrar". He became known as the "King of Pakistani Pop", having sold over 40.3 million albums worldwide. Before becoming a singer, he was a Geography teacher at the Aitchison College in Lahore. He is current Chairman of Youth Parliament of Pakistan.
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. He started his singing career in 1995 with debut album Billo de ghar. The song "Billo de ghar" was the most popular song of that album. With this debut album, he earned a lot of fame. Encouraged by success of first album, he released his second album Majajni in 1998. His third album Bay ja cycle te was released in 1999. His fourth album, Asaan jana mall-o-mall was released in 2002. His fifth album Nachan main audhay nall nall was released in 2004. Abrar-ul-Haq's latest album Naara sadha ishq aey was released in March 2007. Other than music, Abrar-ul-Haq also founded a charitable organisation SAHARA which is an abbreviation of "Services Aimed at Health and Awakening in Remote Areas". Its aim is to promote health and education in remote areas. Abrar-ul-Haq also founded a hospital named "Sugra Shafi Medical Complex" in Narowal. In January 2006, he 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. He married Hareem Abrar in 2005, he has one son (Muhammad Taha) and two daughters (Hamna Abrar & Inaya Abrar). His relatives include Jawad Kahloon, Sarmad Qadeer and Hassan Salahudin.
Sahara for Life Trust
Abrar-ul-Haq is the Founder and Chairman of Sahara for Life Trust since 2000, a non-profit charitable organisation promoting health and education in remote areas. Sahara for Life Trust started its work in Narowal, Pakistan, where it established the first large-scale hospital in 2003 for the people of Narowal and was also able to help those who were before facing issues transporting patients in critical condition in a timely manner to big cities for treatment only available in larger hospitals. The Trust is recognized and registered as a leading charitable organization in Pakistan, U.K & U.S.A. It is also certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP ) and U.N (under the charter of DESA). In December 2015, Sahara for Life Trust opened their medical college in Narowal and gave admission to 100 students for its first graduating class.
- 2003 Sughra Shafi Medical Hospital Complex- Narowal, Pakistan
- 2015 Sahara Medical College- Narowal, Pakistan
Upcoming Project: Sahara Cancer Hospital- Narowal, Pakistan
- Free Routine Medical Camps- Narowal, Pakistan
- Burma Muslims Relief- Bangladesh
- Natural Disasters (earthquake, tsunami, floods, etc.) Relief and Rehabilitation- Pakistan and other affected countries
Awards & Recognition
- Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Presidential Award
- Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan in 2005 for his Public Service/Music/Philanthropy
- Sitara-i-Eisaar by the President of Pakistan in 2006 for 2005 earthquake relief work in Pakistan
- Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)- Served as the first Humanitarian Ambassador
Youth Parliament of Pakistan- Founder and 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.
- 2013 - PTI Candidate for Constituency NA-117 (Narowal-III) versus Ahsan Iqbal (PML-N)
- 2018 - PTI Candidate for Constituency NA-78 (Narowal-II) versus Ahsan Iqbal (PML-N)
- President of Youth Wing for PTI
- Secretary of Foreign Affairs for PTI
- Assisting in the Kartarpur Corridor project for PTI
- Chairman Youth Parliament of Pakistan
|1995||Billo De Ghar||Lips Records|
|1999||Bay Ja Cycle Tay
with hit song Kurrian Lahore Diyyan
|2000||Mein Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga||Sound Master|
|2002||Assan Jana Mall-o Mall||DJ Gold|
|2004||Nachan Main Audhay Naal||TP Gold|
|2007||Naara Sada Ishq Aey||Fire Records|
|2013||Sab Rang Aap (PBUH) Se||Moviebox Record Label|
|2016||Billo Returns Aithay Rakh||ARY Musik|
|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 Ft Jawad-Shahzman||Moviebox Record Label|
|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, music 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|
|2015||Ramzan Transmission: Mohabbat Hai Ramzan||Himself/host||A-Plus TV|
|2016-17||Talk Show: Darja-e-Shararat||Himself/host||Samaa TV|
|2004||Music Show: Star Host||Himself/host||ATV|
|2018||Developing Free Healthcare||TEDx TMUC||Islamabad, Pakistan|
|2018||Youth in a Nation Building Process||TEDx Bahria University||Islamabad, Pakistan|
|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|
- Abrar-ul-Haq is back with a bhangra The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 29 April 2016, Retrieved 14 May 2019
- Abrar-ul-Haq to address House of Lords The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 7 June 2012, Retrieved 17 May 2019
- "The List Of PTI Candidates For General Election 2018". insaf.pk.
- "India Today International". India Today International. Living Media India Limited. 25 (40–52): 16. 2000.
King of Pakistani Pop Arad Al Hukh
- "Statistics on Abrar-ul-Haq's albums". Abrar-ul-Haq Official Website. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
- Profile of Abrar-ul-Haq on Business Recorder (business newspaper) Retrieved 17 May 2019
- "Abrar Ul Haq Singer & Philanthropist Joins Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf". AwamiWeb.com. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
- About Sahara for Life Trust Archived 10 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. saharaforlife.org
- "About Sughra Shafi Medical complex". Sahara for Life Trust. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- 130 nationals, foreigners to get civil awards Dawn (newspaper), Published 14 August 2004, Retrieved 14 May 2019
- Awards conferred for earthquake relief work Dawn (newspaper), Published 1 July 2006, Retrieved 17 May 2019
- Ayesha Anis (25 July 2018). "Pakistani celebs that are contesting in the general elections 2018". Daily Times (newspaper). Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Another win:PML-N's Ahsan Iqbal clobbers PTI's Abrar-ul-Haq The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 11 May 2013, Retrieved 14 May 2019
- Abrar-ul-Haq - profile and interview ForumPakistan.com website, Retrieved 17 May 2019