Pakistani record collector makes vinyls spin across the world

Naeem-ud-Din Ahmed is sitting among some of his 15,000 vinyl records in Lahore on Sept. 12, 2020. (AN photo)
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Updated 12 September 2020

Pakistani record collector makes vinyls spin across the world

  • Naeem-ud-Din Ahmed started collecting records in Lahore eight years ago and has 15,000 of them
  • His passion for music turned him into an entrepreneur with a steady international clientele 

RAWALPINDI: Naeem-ud-Din Ahmed was always fond of music, though he only realized a few years ago that it could also be a great investment after he amassed a huge collection of 15,000 vinyl records and started selling them all over the world. 

With his interest in classics, 56-year-old Ahmed has always been an avid listener of music produced by leading Subcontinental stars like Ghulam Ali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Tahira Syed — and every time he prefers to enjoy their songs on vinyl records. 

“What people are finally beginning to understand is that the best musical sound comes from the most traditional forms of listening,” Ahmed told Arab News over the phone earlier this week. 




A collection of Pakistani records is seen at Naeem-ud-Din Ahmed's home in Lahore on Sept. 12, 2020. (AN photo)

His collection spans 100 years of music and features artists like Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and Pakistani sensations, like Nazia and Zoheb Hassan who dominated the 1980s, as well as classical Indian singers with music dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. 

Ahmed’s quest to acquire records also gave him an idea to start his own business. As his popularity grew, people began reaching out to him to sell their own collections. 




"Golden Greats," a 1999 album by Ian Brown is featured in Naeem-ud-Din Ahmed's collection at his home in Lahore on Sept. 12, 2020. (AN photo)

While some of the people have sold him their records for a few hundred rupees, many of these items in Ahmed’s collection have been purchased for a minimum of Rs20,000. 

“My most expensive record is from a small music group in Pakistan from the 1970s called The Panthers which is difficult to find,” he said. 

The record was bought by a collector of vintage and rare records in Germany. Ahmed sells in 18 countries, including Denmark and the United Kingdom, from a dedicated Facebook page.

Like Ahmed, his customers are usually avid fans of specifically hearing music in “the classic way.” In addition to vinyl records, Ahmed collects and sells gramophones, also known as phonographs, which are designed to play records that predate modern record players, “though some people in Pakistan buy them for decoration, which is a shame since there is something magical about music playing out of them.” 

Ahmed first ventured on starting his collection by buying locally in Lahore. His search for vinyl eventually led him to purchase from all around Pakistan. He went to places as far apart as Karachi and Sialkot before picking up nearly 4,000 records in the last few months from Jhelum. 


Pakistan PM launches Arabic language Twitter account

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Pakistan PM launches Arabic language Twitter account

  • Khan has 12.5 million followers on his official Twitter account, the largest of any Pakistani
  • Pakistan enjoys close ties with many Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office has launched a new Twitter handle @ArabicIk to put out news and information about the PM in the Arabic language.
The account, which was launched in May 2020, has videos of Khan’s speeches and interviews along with Arabic messages.
Khan has 12.5 million followers on his official Twitter account, the largest of any Pakistani.
Pakistan enjoys close ties with many Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Around 3 million Pakistani expats live and work in Saudi Arabia and UAE is also the second largest labor market for Pakistan workers.