When Junaid Jamshed sang “Dil Dil Pakistan” in Canada after a gap of 15 years

Junaid Jamshed Khan, Pakistan’s most popular singing sensation since the late 80’s, a keenly followed TV personality, an actor, singer-songwriter, preacher and televangelist, passed away in a tragic airplane crash near the capital Islamabad Pakistan on December 7, 2016 along with over 45 other passengers. Junaid Jamshed’s tragic death has left all his fans and followers in shock and horror. 

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With the band Vital Signs, his first album, Vital Signs 1, was released nationwide in Pakistan, and aired on PTV. Their debut hit singles, “Dil Dil Pakistan” and “Tum Mil Gaye“, released on 14 August 1987, gave them national fame and prominence. Both songs were big commercial hits and garnered high critical acclaim.

At the peak of his stardom, in early 2000, Junaid Jamshed renounced music to devote his life to religious preaching and other social work.

In 2011, during a visit to Canada, upon request from a huge crowd at the Celebration Square in Mississauga, Junaid Jamshed sang ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ once again, after a gap of 15 years. It was raining, however that did not stop the crowd and Junaid Jamshed from singing along “Dil Dil Pakistan”.

In 2003, BBC World Service conducted an international 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 #3 among the top 10 songs.

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At the time of his death, Junaid Jamshed had almost 2.8 million Facebook fans, that count has now exceeded 6 million fans. This year, he was also placed in a list of World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.

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