KARACHI: Pakistani ‘pop ruler’ Nazia Hassan is being recalled all over the country and in addition by music-darlings around the globe for she passed away on this day very nearly two decades back.

The music business’ sweetheart had kicked the bucket on August 13, 2000, at the youthful age of 35, in London, following a delayed fight with lung growth.

The amusement evolving star, who was conceived on April 3, 1965, sprung to prominence through Pakistan Television’s (PTV) program Sung and shot to startling popularity to end up one of Pakistan’s most well known famous people in the 80s — a pride for the nation.

Her award-winning single “Aap Jaisa Koi” — sung at the age of 13 for Indian movie Qurbaani — made her a beloved icon both at home and in South Asia. She bagged a Filmfare Award, becoming the first Pakistani to win the prestigious accolade, and, along with her brother Zohaib, went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide. The duo released Disco Deewane in 1981.

Pakistan’s contemporary music scene is forever indebted to the little girl whose music career started when she was 10 years old, in Kaliyon ki Mala, and who broke predictions as well as glass ceilings. She redefined the country’s pop music, with the 80s kids remember her songs — such as “Dum Dum Dede” and “Akhein Milane Wale” — quite well. All her songs were heart touching and still famous all over the world.

 

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