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Ashiqi Angar – A Beautiful Khowar-Urdu Song by Irfan Ali Taj featuring Zoe Viccaji

The much awaited Khowar song Ashiqi Angar is finally out on Irfan Ali Taj’s Facebook page. The song features famous Pakistani artist Zoe Viccaji who has been a regular face in Coke Studio’s various episodes.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



Shot mostly in Karachi, the video song shows Irfan Ali Taj playing Rabab and the Chitrali version of Sitar. Video songs are not quite common in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral and this song promises to change that perception. Irfan has sung the Khowar part of the song while Zoe Viccaji has beautifully backed with Punjabi/Urdu lyrics.

Watch Ashiqi Angar – Urdu Khowar Music Video

Ashiqi Angar – Song Details:

Artist: Irfan Ali Taj Ft. Zoe Viccaji
Music: Mubashir Admani /Bonafide Studio
Lyrics: Mir Saleem & Abdullah Haroon

Ashiqi Angar Lyrics and English Translation:

Ishq hai khuda ki pehchan
(Love is the depiction of God)
Farishton ka hai yeh bayaan
(It is the discourse of the Angels)
Ishq se zameen asman
(Love holds the sky and the earth within)

Asheqi angar ki birai
( If love is a Fire )
Mashooq gulsambar ki birai
(If beloved is a spring-flower)
Haseen parchamdar ki birai
(With soft and beautiful leaflets)

Ishqa se pului behchurey
(A lover will rejoice buring in the fire of love )
Hamish tan burui behchurey
His soul will always keep melting with it.
Hardi beer ului behchurey
(His Heart will keep flying )

Jale Mora Man
(My heart burns)
More sajan
(O beloved!)
Rasta na Koi
(There is no way out)
Main hui birhan
(I am a shattered being)

Haye yeh majburi
(O this helplessness)
Kaisi hai duri
(Why is there a separation?)
Dastaan yeh kaisi
(Why this story end up like this ?)
Reh gayi adhuri
(Why we have become partitioned)

Ishq hai khuda ki pehchan
(Love is the depiction of God)
Farishton ka hai yeh bayaan
(It is the discourse of the Angels)
Ishq se zameen asman
(Love holds the sky and the earth within)

Jungle’a shotara asum
( I am wondering in Jungle and deserts )
Umeed aitbara asum
(Surviving in the hope and trust of you )
Nishi intizara asum
( I am waiting with a conviction)

Jale mora man
Mere sajan
Rasta na koi
Main hui birhan

Hoi khyo ta posheen
( The time I saw you )
hardiyo bateen
(Oo the beat of my heart)
Ma hush hoi boteen
( My senses have been tied )
Harush tu haseen
(That is how charismatically beautiful you are)

Ta choom hosik, bo zalim,
(Your witty smile is cruel inside)
Ta choom hosik, ma bo khosh,
( Oh your smile, the most loveable thing )
Ta roi marik, ma bo khosh ta choom hosik
(People die over it and I love are way you smile )

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.


Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



Introducing #GBCProspers - Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Every day when we wake up, we struggle hard to make a name for ourselves, our families and our country. We see a handful of names in the limelight while hundreds and thousands of names remain in an obscurity no matter how big or small that person’s contribution to the society is.

At GBee, we believe that a society cannot prosper without the small yet meaningful contributions of its members.

This is why, we are announcing the launch of an on-going campaign which we are now officially calling #GBCProspers. This campaign aims to celebrate the contributions, small and big, by the common citizens that collectively reflect in the social, cultural, religious, musical and economic prosperity of the mountain communities.

How to access the stories?

The stories published under #GBCProspers campaign can be found on a dedicated topic section. Each story will also be published in its relevant district page on Facebook and GBee’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag #GBCProspers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest as well as the stories published in the past.

How to submit a story?

Stories can be submitted at our email editor[at] with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral




Chitral avalanche
File Photo via Pamir Times

At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

اس خبر کو اردو میں پڑھیں

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