Riyadh gears up for Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on stage 

Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform in Riyadh season on October 25. ( Courtesy General Entertainment Authority, KSA )
Updated 21 October 2019

Riyadh gears up for Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on stage 

  • Two of Pakistan’s most famous singers are set to perform in the Saudi capital on Oct. 25
  • Both artists have also received immense fame across the border, and have millions of Indian fans

ISLAMABAD: The South Asian diaspora in Riyadh is gearing up to welcome two famed vocal talents from Pakistan, Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, in the Saudi capital on Oct. 25.
The news was reported in a Twitter post on Saturday, by Saudi Royal Court Adviser, Turki Alalshikh, who serves as Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority in the Kingdom.
“For our Indian and Pakistani brothers and sisters in Riyadh, Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be waiting for you on the 25th of October,” the post said.

Most recently, Aslam sang a haunting rendition of famed Pakistani Qawali master, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Wohi Khuda Hai’ on the popular music platform, Coke Studio. Since it premiered last week, the song and video has amassed 13 million views.
Aslam remains one of the most revered stars out of Pakistan’s music scene and has enjoyed immense success across the border in neighboring India as well, where the singer’s crooning voice is a favorite for Bollywood soundtracks. Pakistan and India have an almost identical spoken language.
Khan, like Aslam, is also a hugely popular artist out of Pakistan and has received similar appreciation in India where he has sung for notable films. A nephew of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he performed his uncle’s original song, ‘Afreen Afreen,’ in 2016, and it remains the highest viewed video out of Pakistan and Coke Studio, at 288 million views.
Both artists have frequently been praised for their talents, and the work they produce which bridges distances through music between bitter rivals Pakistan and India.
Currently, roughly 250,000 Pakistanis live in Saudi Arabia with nearly a million calling the UAE home.


Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

Updated 21 November 2019

Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

  • PM Khan reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process
  • President Trump emphasizes the need for a peace process owned and inclusive of the Afghan government

ISLAMABAD: US President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016.
Trump made separate calls Thursday to Khan and Ghani days after the Taliban — in exchange for three top Taliban figures — freed American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks in southern Afghanistan.
According to a government statement, Khan “reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the advancement of Afghan peace and reconciliation process for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.”
In Kabul, Ghani’s office said the Afghan leader briefed Trump on the government’s peace plan and Trump emphasized the need for a peace process owned and inclusive of the Afghan government.