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Pakistani pop icon Nazia Hassan Remembering her 18th death anniversary. Pakistani ‘pop queen’ Nazia Hassan death anniversary of one of the most iconic figures in the history of Pakistani music, August 13 marks.

Pakistani pop icon Nazia Hassan Remembering her 18th death anniversary
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Pakistani pop icon Nazia Hassan Remembering her 18th death anniversary

Nazia Hassan Pakistani music industry’s sweetheart had died on August 13, 2000, at the young age of 35, in London, following a prolonged battle with lung cancer.

The ultimate “pop queen” of the 80s and 90s, Nazia Hasan was Pakistan’s sweetheart whose songs were on everyone’s playlist.

The game-changing star, who was born on April 3, 1965, sprung to popularity through Pakistan Television’s (PTV) programme Sung Sung and shot to unexpected fame to become one of Pakistan’s most famous celebrities in the 70s and 80s — a pride for the country.

Her award-winning single “Aap Jaisa Koi” — sung at the age of 13 for Indian movie Qurbaani — made her a beloved icon both at home and in South Asia. She bagged a Filmfare Award, becoming the first Pakistani to win the prestigious accolade, and, along with her brother Zohaib, went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide. The duo released Disco Deewane in 1981.

Pakistan’s contemporary music scene is forever indebted to the little girl whose music career started when she was 10 years old, in Kaliyon ki Mala, and who broke predictions as well as glass ceilings. She redefined the country’s pop music, with the 80s kids remember her songs — such as “Dum Dum Dede” and “Akhein Milane Wale” — quite well.

The dreamy and talented singer was not only blessed with an angelic voice to serenade audiences but with an empathetic heart as well. Her philanthropic work also won her win several accolades. She joined the United Nations in 1991 and had worked for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).