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Remembering Junaid Jamshed on his 5th death anniversary

KARACHI: 07, DECEMBER, 2021: Pakistani singer-turned-religious scholar Junaid Jamshed is being remembered on his 5th death anniversary today (Tuesday).
The late singer was among those who died aboard a PIA flight PK-661 which crashed near Havelian en route to Islamabad from Chitral on Dec 7, 2016.
He, however, has left this world but his fans have kept him alive in their hearts. On his death anniversary, people across the country have paid tribute to the Dil Dil Pakistan singer.
He was born on September 3, 1964 in Karachi. His father Jamshed Akber Khan was a retired Group Captain in Pakistan Air Force.
After graduating from local boarding high school in Lahore, Jamshed proceeded to join the PAF, initially focusing to become professional F-16 fighter pilot. But due to weak eye-sight during the tough physical examination, his nomination papers were rejected by the PAF selection board.
Jamshed did Bachelor of Science, graduating in mechanical engineering in 1990. And join PAF as a civilian contractor and moved on to a short-lived career in aeronautical engineering.
In 1983, Jamshed start performing rock music gig in Peshawar University and Islamabad University campuses while as a student at UET in Lahore.
He joined his engineering university s rock band, Nuts and Bolt, as a lead vocalist and performed at Flashman's Hotel in Rawalpindi, in 1987.
Though the band Vital Signs was launched in early 1986 in Rawalpindi by Keyboardist Rohail Hyatt and bassist Shahzad Hasan (Shahi).
The first album, Vital Signs 1, was released nationwide and got on-aired on PTV. Though their debut hit single, "Dil Dil Pakistan" and "Tum Mil Gaye", was released on 14 August 1987, skyrocketed them into national fame and national prominence.
In 2003, BBC World Service conducted an unscientific poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. According to BBC, people from 155 countries/territories voted in the poll. "Dil Dil Pakistan" was ranked third among the top 10 songs. During the 1980s-2000s, Jamshed enjoyed a great success in the public and media, and was one of the followed celebrities of his time.
In 2004, Jamshed officially renounced music and engineering after announcing to devote his life to Islam.
In 2007, government of Pakistan awarded him Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. (04)

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