Singer Arif Lohar regales Pakistanis in Riyadh

Updated 30 March 2013
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Singer Arif Lohar regales Pakistanis in Riyadh

The king of Punjabi folk songs and Pakistani heartthrob, Arif Lohar, delivered an enthralling performance for fellow nationals here on Thursday.
The show was held at the King Fahd Cultural Hall and organized by the Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh under the patronage of its ambassador, Muhammed Naeem Khan.
Lohar used a native musical instrument resembling steel tongs (called Chimta) — a traditional tool used by blacksmiths — to belt out some of his most popular numbers. He is the son of the famous folk singer, the late Alam Lohar.
Introducing Lohar, Minister and Deputy Chief of the Mission at the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh, Khayyam Akbar, recalled that in 2005 Lohar was awarded the Pride of Performance Award from the government of Pakistan — the highest civil award in the country.
“Lohar has more than 150 albums to his credit with more than 3,000 recorded songs mostly in the Punjabi language. In 2006, he made headlines in the Punjabi music world by releasing his album 21st Century Jugni, which took him to the peak of his popularity amongst his fans worldwide,” Akbar added.
The diplomat said that in June 2010, Lohar participated in Coke-Studio — a live Pakistani session program by Rohail Hayat.
Lohar is the only South Asian artist to have performed in North Korea — as part of an international delegation of peace and goodwill — before the late President Kim Jong-il.
Lohar has had over 50 foreign tours around the world during the last two decades, including to the United Kingdom, United States and the United Arab Emirates.
Lohar has also played multiple lead roles in Punjabi movies, and sang and produced three songs for the soundtrack of Syed Noor's film Jugni, the highest grossing Pakistani film of 2012.
During the performance, Lohar sang Jugni dee to huge cheers from the crowd. His band had a drummer, keyboard players, lead guitarist and chorus singers including a woman.
During the performance, the crowd urged him to sing some of his popular songs. He responded by singing each requested song. While performing, he mingled with the crowd who cheered, clapped and whistled.
Lohar sang his famous numbers including Meriya Jugne O Naam Ali Da, Aj Kaala Jora Paya Teri Furmaish Te, Meriya Jugnee Jee, Alif Allah (Jugni), Ek Pal, Bol Mitti Da, Sher Punjab Da, Soniye, Aakhian – and many more.
Winding up the program, Khan said he was happy to have organized such a cultural event and promised more in future.


Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

Updated 20 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.
“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.
Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.
King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.
Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.
A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.