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حسبِ حال
The opening title screen for Hasb-e-Haal
Genre Comedy
Written by Tauheed
Presented by Junaid
Starring Sohail Ahmed
Junaid Saleem
Few Guests
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
Location(s) Lahore
Original network Dunya TV
External links

Hasb-e-Haal (Urdu: حسبِ حال‎) is a political comedy show that airs on Dunya TV at 11:05 pm from Thursday to Sunday. It stars Sohail Ahmed, Junaid Saleem and few guests [1]

Sohail Ahmed was awarded the Presidential Pride of Performance award by Asif Zardari on 23 March 2011 for his performance on the show.[2]


Hasb-e-Haal is a comedy program that offers commentary and satire on current affairs. Sohail Ahmed plays the character of a lower middle-class man who is frequently reprimanded by Junaid Saleem because of his broad generalizations and over-simplification of complex political issues. Jia offers queues for laugh lines and reads viewer's comments in the show.


There are different segments such as:

  • Adabparay
  • Bait Baazi
  • Hasb e Mazzi
  • Hasb e Daak
  • Interview
  • Khabron par Tabsara
  • Tasweeron aur videos par tabsara
  • Mukhbariyaan
  • Off-Beat Hasb-e-Haal
  • Parodies
  • Siasi Film
  • Tu Tu Main Main


Sohail Ahmed usually dresses up like politicians, cricketers or other celebrities and imitates them. This imitation mostly is in the form of a parody. He also plays other characters.

  • Feeqa
Feeqa, portrayed by Sohail Ahmed, belongs to a white-collar family which has trouble making ends meet. The character sheds light on the plight of the lower class of Pakistan. The usual topics discussed are relatives' weddings, and rituals.
  • PQN
PQN, short for Pervaiz Qaiser Naseer, is a corrupt politician who would do anything to come into power. The usual topics discussed are elections, and processions.
  • Deemah
Deemah is an ordinary man who is perpetually sick with multiple diseases.
  • ZVS
A fashion designer, who keeps heaping praises on his talent. He is a modern fashion designer with a gay attitude.
  • Witchcraft & Aalim Baba
Sohail Ahmed plays a spurious "Aalim" who, according to his rants, is the master of witches and spirits.
  • Master Majeed
A teacher.
  • Abdul Ghafoor Jimmy
A Pakistani who lives abroad and is concerned about the security situation of Pakistan.
  • Azizi's Investigation News
Azizi presents a parody news program which investigates secrets and misdeeds of politicians.
  • Mr. Michael
This character is an American agent who overuses the catchphrase "kadu saday paise" ("give back our money"). This satirical character denigrates the Pakistani society for asking for American money despite thinking of America as an enemy.
  • Nadamat
A die-hard supporter of a fictional politician, Changezi.
  • Sureelay Khan
A classical singer, often accompanied by Dabbay Khan and Hamnawa.
  • Policeman (SHO)
SHO parodies problems and issues affecting police forces, especially corruptions.
  • Petrol station attendant
Azizi takes on the disguise of a local petrol station attendant to highlight the problems with the trade.
  • Nomi
A student who never passes his exams.
  • Pakistan Cricket Team Coach (Dav Whatmore)


  • Raja Riaz
  • Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
  • Shahi Syed
  • Shah Mehmood Qureshi
  • Maulana Fazlur Rehman
  • Firdous Ashiq Awan
  • Javed Hashmi
  • Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
  • Jahangir Badar
  • Yousaf Raza Gillani
  • Asfandyar Wali Khan
  • Sheikh Rasheed
  • Nawaz Sharif
  • Shahbaz Sharif
  • Imran Khan
  • Asif Ali Zardari
  • President Obama
  • Mustafa Kamal
  • Donald Trump
  • Maula Baksh Chandio
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Ishratul Ibad
  • Daniyal Aziz
  • Najam Sethi
  • Chaudhry Sarwar
  • Farooq Sattar
  • Pervaiz Rasheed
  • Khursheed Shah
  • Barack Obama
  • Narendra Modi

Azizi's fictitious friends[edit]

The following are mentioned by Azizi as his friends:

  • Aroo Grenade
  • Naeema Kainchi
  • Tufail Thaila
  • Unaid Daal Chawal
  • Aslam Churra
  • Ghauri


Hasb-e-Haal was launched in January 2009. Its idea basically comes from the old shows Jamhoor Di Awaaz and Nizam Din Di Baithak. Aftab Iqbal used to host the show at that time. The show was an instant hit. In April 2010, Iqbal left the show due to undisclosed reasons which led to Junaid Saleem hosting the show.[3]

Cultural effect[edit]

Due to the popularity of the show, several similar shows emerged. These include Khabarnaak on Geo TV, Khabardaar on Express News, 3 Idiots on Aaj TV, Masti Gate on ARY News, Mazaaq Raat on Dunya News and News Night on Din News. Except Khabardar all other shows have been canceled due to lack of viewership. khabardar on express news is still most high rated show in pakistan . aftab iqbal was the only person who start hasb e haal ,khabarnaak and khabardar


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