By Furqan Khan.
As a juvenile in the 90s, the song “Dil Dil Pakistan” was embossed in our hearts and minds. The song was widely liked by everyone, regardless of demography. It was one of the most popular patriotic songs ever in the history of Pakistan, released in 1987 by Junaid Jamshed, lead singer of the pop band Vital Signs. “Dil Dil Pakistan” has been called as a second national anthem of Pakistan.
Junaid Jamshed was born in Karachi on 3rd September, 1964, to Jamshed Akbar, a Group Captain in the Pakistan Air Force. After graduating from a international boarding high school in Saudi Arabia, Junaid wanted to join the Pakistan Air Force to become a Fighter Pilot. However his weak eyesight prevented this. He then got admission in University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, and in 1990, Junaid gained a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
In 1983, Junaid started performing rock music at Peshawar University and Islamabad University campuses while still a student at UET in Lahore. During this time, Rohail Hyatt was in search for a singer for the newly formed band, ‘Vital Signs’.
Finally, their first album, Vital Signs 1, was released nationally and aired on PTV. Their debut strike singles, “Dil Dil Pakistan” and “Tum Mil Gaye”, released on 14 August 1987, gave them national reputation and importance. Both songs were big viable hits and garnered high critical commendation. The songs in the first album were an instant hit and rapidly achieved a huge nationwide success, which completely shocked the band.
Their first album had many punched songs and the band was approached by numerous international organizations to write songs and promote their products to the Pakistani public. Their achievement lifted the underground rock music business to countrywide level, and they are broadly recognized for boosting the Pakistani music business. In 1991, the band released their second album, Vital Signs 2, produced by the EMI Studios in Pakistan. Then the band made its first international tour in the United States.
After the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Hyatt and Junaid ‘s tours in the West were hampered a lot and upon returning, Junaid filed for bankruptcy in court and made an effort to recommence his career in engineering after applying at various companies. Junaid had detached himself from music and had been praying five times a day on a regular basis at the nearby mosque. Finally, Junaid declared that he would open a fashion-designing company with a close friend of his. In 2004, Junaid officially renounced music after announcing that he had devoted his life to Islam. Junaid then left engineering and, to supplement his income, he opened the clothing store “J.”.
Additional to his clothing store brand, Junaid started reciting HAMD and NAAT, which gained lot of popularity due to his mesmerizing vocal abilities. He also delivered religious sermons and also did TV shows during Ramazan. “ILAAHI TERI CHAUKHAT PE” (HAMD) and “MUHAMMAD KA ROZA” (NAAT) gained lot of popularity.
On the eve of 7 December, 2016, while returning from a religious event in CHITRAL, his plane crashed near HAVELIAN in which Junaid along with all onboard died. His funeral was offered in Moin Khan Academy, Karachi, on 15 December, 2016. The funeral was attended by thousands of people, depicting his popularity amongst them.
Furqan Khan is Supply Chain Manager in a Defence Organization and did Masters in Supply Chain from Bahria University Islamabad.