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ابرار الحق
Abrar-ul-Haq in 2018
Born (1969-07-21) 21 July 1969 (age 54)
Alma mater
Notable work
OfficeFounder/Chairman Sahara for Life Trust
Musical career
Years active1995–present

Abrar-ul-Haq (Punjabi: ابرار الحق) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and politician.[2][3] His debut 1995 album Billo De Ghar sold over 40.3 million albums worldwide,[4] which made him a household name and granted him the title of "King of Pakistani pop".[5]

Abrar-ul-Haq is the founder and chairman of Sahara for Life Trust, a private organization that has been providing health services to the people of Narowal and surrounding areas since 1998. He was Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's candidate for the seat of National Assembly from constituency NA-78 (Narowal-II) in the 2018 Pakistani general election.[6] On 15 November 2019, he was appointed Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). He also served as a teacher in Aitchison College for a brief period of time.[7]

Music career[edit]

Abrar-ul-Haq in Calgary (2014)

His first album as singer was Billo De Ghar, which was released in 1995.[8]


Abrar-ul-Haq's songs have been a subject of controversy in Pakistan. After the release of the hit song "Billo De Ghar" in 1995, Urdu newspapers began quoting Islamic scholars of Lahore who were of the opinion that the song was describing a man falling in love with a prostitute and wanting to marry her. Upon the formation of Nawaz Sharif's PML-N majority government after the 1997 election, the song was banned from state-owned TV and radio channels.[9]

In the early 2000s, his song "Nach Punjaban" was met with opposition from those who thought the casual use of the word "Punjaban" was a demeaning way to address Punjabi women, eventually resulting in Abrar-ul-Haq re-recording a version of the song using the word "Majajan" instead.[10]

In 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan summoned the singer for an explanation of the song "Parveen" from the album Nara Sada Ishq Aye, alleging that it used the name Parveen in a derogatory manner that would hurt the sentiments of society.[11]

In 2019, his song "Chamkeeli" was the subject of a claim in a civil court in Lahore, with the courts requesting that the song be banned and removed from YouTube alleging that it was humiliating and insulting to both men and women.[12]



Year Album Label
1995 Billo De Ghar
1998 Majajani[4] Sound Master
1999 Bay Ja Cycle Tay with hit song "Kurrian Lahore Diyyan"[2]
2000 Mein Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga
2002 Assan Jana Mall-o Mall[13] DJ Gold
2004 Nachan Main Audhay Naal[4] TP Gold
2007 Nara Sada Ishq Aye[13] Fire Records
2013 Sab Rang Aap (PBUH) Se Moviebox Record Label
2016 Billo Returns Aithay Rakh[14] ARY Musik

Studio releases[edit]

Year Title Label
2006 Collaborations with Gurdas Maan & Sukshinder Shinda[15] Moviebox Record Label
2008 "Sar Jlayn Gay Roshani Hogee"
2009 "Awain Na Kar Zulm Ke Ik Din Muk Jana" Moviebox Record Label
2010 "Sar Utha Ke"
2011 "Ki Karan Day O" with Shahzaman and Jawad Kahlon
"Sohniye-Heeriye" with Bhinda Aujla (film: Love Mein Ghum) Reema Khan Film
"Ishqe Da Rang", music by Prince Ghuman Speed Records and Inda Raikoti
2013 "Hogya Ni Piyar" with Suman, music by Khiza Moviebox Record Label
"Pani da Bulbula"[16] (film: Zinda Bhaag) Mazhar Zaidi Production
Ishq di Booti[17] Coke Studio Pakistan (season 6)
2014 Allah Hu with Saieen Zahoor
Ithy Rakh[18] with Sukshinder Shinda (Album:Collaborations 3) Moviebox Record Label
Pani da Bulbula Coke Studio Pakistan (season 7)
2016 Qaseeda Burda Shareef Peace Records
Bekarar with Farhan NTF[19] VIP Records
2017 Facebook Utte, music by DJ Sanj Moviebox Record Label
2018 Hum Dekhenge (promo song ft. several artists)[20] Coke Studio Pakistan (season 11)
Mere Rashke Qamar, music by Asif Khan Moviebox Record Label
Ballay Ballay with Aima Baig Coke Studio Pakistan (season 11)
2019 Diamond Ring[18] ft. Arbaz Khan Beyond Records
Rahiya Sohneya Akhrot Film
Bhabhi[18] with Shipra Goyal and Jaidev Kumar (film: Ishq My Religion) Gurdeep Dhillon Films
Billo[21] Coke Studio Pakistan (season 12)
Chamkeeli[10][12] Independent Record Label
2020 Paar with Bohemia Kali Denali Music
Udaasi ki Raatain – Tribute to Kashmir Independent Record Label
2021 Sun Lay Tu Independent Record Label
Bol Qalandar Independent Record Label
Ho edhr bi Nazar e karam Ya Rasul Allah Independent Record Label
Begum Shak Karti Hai Independent Record Label
2022 Punjab Culture Song Independent Record Label
Imported Hakoomat Song Independent Record Label
Pardesi Zindabad UBL Roshan Digital
Hai Haq Hamara Azaadi - PTI Anthem Independent Record Label
2023 Jail Bharo Independent Record Label


Year Program Role Channel
2004 Music Show: Star Host Himself/host ATV
2015 Ramzan Transmission: Mohabbat Hai Ramzan Himself/host A-Plus TV
2016–17 Talk Show: Darja-e-Shararat Himself/host Samaa TV

TEDx Talks[edit]

Date Topic Venue Location
2019 Developing Free Healthcare[22] TEDx TalksTMUC Islamabad, Pakistan
2019 Youth in a Nation Building Process[23] TEDx TalksBahria University Islamabad, Pakistan


Year Award Category Award ceremony Result
2000 PTV Awards Folk singer PTV World Won
2002 Lux Style Award Best Singer 2002 Best Singer 1st Lux Style Awards Won
2003 Lux Style Award Best Singer 2003 Best Singer 2nd Lux Style Awards Won
2004 PTV Awards Six years consecutive award holder for best pop singer PTV Home Won
2018 Lux Style Award Best Dress Male Best Dress (Male) 17th Lux Style Awards Won


Sahara for Life Trust[edit]

Abrar-ul-Haq is the Founder and Chairman of Sahara for Life Trust (SLT), a post he has held since its inception in 1998. SLT is a private organization promoting health and education in remote areas.[3][24] SAHARA stands for: "Services Aimed at Health and Awakening in Remote Areas". SLT is recognized and registered as a leading charitable organization in Pakistan, the U.K., and the U.S. It is also certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) and the U.N. (under the charter of DESA). SLT has been involved in numerous relief and rehabilitation efforts over the years. In 2003, SLT established its first large-scale general hospital in Narowal, Pakistan. The Sughra Shafi Medical Hospital Complex is a PMDC-certified general hospital that provides a wide range of healthcare services to the people of Narowal and its surrounding areas. The location of this hospital also reduced the travel time for patients in critical condition who were unable to travel to major cities in a timely manner, thus saving lives.

Honours and recognition[edit]

Political career[edit]

Youth Parliament of Pakistan[edit]

In 2006, he founded the Youth Parliament of Pakistan (YPP) a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious program that fosters excellence and translates talent in the young people of Pakistan through community service and tangible achievements. Its vision is to empower the young people of Pakistan with the ability to understand their role in society.[28]

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf[edit]

In December 2011 Abrar-ul-Haq joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.[29]

In 2012, he was appointed as President of the Youth Wing of PTI.[30] In 2013, he was appointed as PTI's Secretary of Foreign Affairs.[31]

He ran for a seat on the National Assembly as PTI's Candidate for Constituency NA-117 (Narowal-III) in the 2013 Pakistani general elections receiving 51,359 votes but lost to PML-N's Ahsan Iqbal.[32]

He was again nominated as PTI's Candidate for National Assembly Constituency NA-78 (Narowal-II) for the 2018 Pakistani general elections but received 88,250 votes and lost again to PML-N's Ahsan Iqbal.[33][6]

On 15 November 2019, he was appointed Pakistan Red Crescent Society's 16th chairman and assumed office on 27 December 2019.[34][35]


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