Pakistan’s Hamza Ali Abbasi praises Saudi Arabia for smooth management of Hajj

Pakistani film and TV actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi, applauded Saudi authorities for their flawless management of Hajj pilgrimage involving more than two million people. ( Video grab courtesy: Center for International Communication, KSA Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Updated 13 August 2019

Pakistan’s Hamza Ali Abbasi praises Saudi Arabia for smooth management of Hajj

  • Currently in the Kingdom to perform his pilgrimage, Abbasi says he is stunned by the scale of the religious ritual
  • In a video released by the Saudi Center for International Communication, he urges all Muslims to undertake the spiritual journey at least once

LAHORE: Pakistani film and television actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi, applauded Saudi authorities for their flawless management of Hajj pilgrimage involving more than two million people.
Abbasi, who is currently in Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim ritual, said in a video released by the Kingdom’s Center for International Communication on Monday that he was stunned by the sheer magnitude of the event.
“You can’t help but imagine what kind of logistical nightmare it would be,” he smiled, “but it goes very smoothly … It goes so seamlessly that you don’t realize what kind of a mammoth effort goes behind it.”
Abbasi noted that he was pleasantly surprised by the degree of “inclusiveness” during Hajj, adding that he had seen “people from literally every country on the face of this planet, united under this one creed that there is only one God.”
The Pakistani actor is not just a known face in his own country but has also developed significant fan following in the Kingdom after his film “Parwaaz Hai Junoon” was commercially released in Saudi Arabia last year. Spotting him in the crowd in his bright white ihram, many fellow pilgrims requested to take pictures with him.
Abbasi is also among the 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims who decided to undertake their spiritual journey to Islam’s holiest cities of Makkah and Madinah this year. In the video, he urged Muslims everywhere to at least “come here once.”
“You cannot begin to imagine the [spiritual] experience,” he said. “You have to be here in personal to experience each and every bit of [this journey].”


Former Pakistan beauty queen dies in Maryland car crash

Updated 06 December 2019

Former Pakistan beauty queen dies in Maryland car crash

  • Zanib Naveed was born in Lahore but lived in Pomona, New York
  • She was pronounced dead at the scene after her car hit a curb and flipped over

ISLAMABAD: A former Pakistani beauty queen lost her life in a tragic road accident earlier this month after her car hit a curb and flipped over into oncoming traffic in Maryland.
Zanib Naveed, 32, was born in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore but lived in Pomona, New York. She was crowned Miss Pakistan World in 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
According to The Washington Post, the accident took place on December 2 at “11:40 p.m. on the ICC, also known as Route 200, near Route 1 in the College Park area.”
Naveed, who was driving a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CL2, was the only person in the vehicle. She was “ejected in the crash” and “pronounced dead at the scene.”
She attended Pace University in New York City.
Her friends created a GoFundMe page after her tragic death to help the bereaved family.
“She had a smile that could light up a room, a powerful personality, captivating eyes, a voice that demanded attention and beauty like no other,” read the inscription on the page.