Abrar-ul-Haq in Calgary (2014)
|Birth name||Abrar-ul-Haq Kahloon|
|Also known as||Jattan Da Jagga
Punjab Da Sitara
21 July 1969 |
|Genres||Bhangra, Pop, Rock rap|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Politician|
|Labels||Sound Master, Moviebox, Kizmet Records, Planet Recordz|
Abrar-ul-Haq (Punjabi, Urdu: ابرار الحق) is a Pakistani pop, bhangra, and folk musician and politician. He is also the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and President of Youth Wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. On his first album "Billo De Ghar" his name appears as simply "Abrar". 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 belong to a small town called Narowal, Pakistan. He took his Bachelor's degree from Sir Syed College in Rawalpindi. He did his Master's degree in prestigious Quaid-i-Azam University at Islamabad with Masters in Social science. After that he started teaching in Aitchison College, which is one of the most respected institutes of Pakistan. But he soon realised 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. According to an estimate more than 16 million copies of his debut album have been sold. Encouraged bysuccess of first album he released his second album Majajni in 1997. 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. His cousin Jawad Kahloon is also a singer who has received many British awards for best performance in udeekan and seenay wajj ja. 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 December 2011 it was reported that Abrar ul Haq had joined the Pakistani political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He married Hareem Abrar in 2005, he has two daughters (Hamna Abrar & Inaya Abrar) and one son (Muhammad Taha).
Abrar caused some controversy with his song Parveen. He was criticised by the columnist Javed Chaudry for using the common female Pakistani name of Parveen in an odd way. This followed Chaudhry receiving a letter from a girl name Parveen that related the effects of the song on her life. The girl claimed that she had stopped attending college in Lahore because of harassment from male students. The case was taken to Pakistan's Supreme Court, which ordered Abrar to change the lyrics. He stated that he would abide by the court's decision.
Sahara for Life Trust
He is the founder and chairman of Sahara for Life Trust, a charitable organisation promoting health and education in remote areas. Sahara Life Trust started its work in Narowal, where it established a big hospital for the people of Narowal who were facing transportation issues to bring their serious patients to bigger cities for good treatment in big hospitals.
On 19 December 2011 Abrar-ul-Haq started his political career by joining Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf. Currently, he is serving as Secretary of Foreign Affairs of PTI. He contested 2013 general elections from PTI platform from NA-117 (Narowal-III) but lost to Ahsan Iqbal of PML-N by 44122 votes.
|1995||Billo De Ghar|
|1999||Bay Ja Cycle Tay|
|2002||Assan Jana Mall-o Mall (5 February 2002)|
|2004||Nachan Main Audhay Naal (1 June 2004)|
|2007||Naara Sada Ishq Aey (March 2007)|
|2016||Billo Returns Aithay Rakh (April 2016)|
Compilations and studio albums
- Mein Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga (2000)
- Sar Utha Ke (2010)
- Ki Karan Day O (2011) Ft Jawad-Shahzman
- Awain Na Kar Zulm k ik din muk jana
- Collaborations – Sukshinder Shinda & Gurdas Maan – 2006
- Collaborations 3 Sukshinder Shinda & Abrar-ul-Haq ITHY RAKH – 2014
- Bekarar - Music By: Farhan NTF - 2016
|2000||PTV Awards||Folk singer||PTV World||Won|
|2002||Lux Style Award Best Singer 2002||Best Singer||Lux Style Award||Won|
|2003||Lux Style Award Best Singer 2003||Best Singer||Lux Style Award||Won|
|2004||PTV Awards||Six years consecutive award holder for best pop singer||PTV Home||Won|
- "Abrar Ul Haq Singer & Philanthropist Joins Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf". Awami. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Pakistani pop star told to cut girl's name from song". Reuters. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- About Sahara for Life Trust Archived 10 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. saharaforlife.org
- "About Sughra Shafi Medical complex". Sahara for Life Trust. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Billo boy buys PTI ticket". Dawn. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "PTI Elected National Council". Pakistan Tehreek e-Insaf. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "General Election 2013 (Consolidated) NA-117 (NAROWAL-III)Result: Announced". Election Commission of Pakistan. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
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- Abrar Ul Haq Official Website
- Abrar-ul-Haq at the Internet Movie Database