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Fragile Masculinity of Pakistani men seeks ban on ‘Chamkeeli’

Calls have been made to ban Abrar-ul-Haq's latest Punjabi song, 'Chamkeeli', through a legal notice. The legal notice describes the song as disrespecting tradition and insulting men.

A petition has been filed in the civil court Lahore seeking the ban on Abrar-ul-Haq’s latest song, ‘Chamkeeli’. The application argued that the song insulted both the genders – male and female.

Chamkeeli is the Punjabi wedding song. The video features Mehwish Hayat and vlogger Shahveer Jaffrey. The song was released earlier this month. Jaffrey played groom in the song while Hayat played his bride.

Petitioner has described the song disrespectful towards men and demanded its removal from YouTube. The song has so far garnered 3 million views on YouTube. The petitioner has also asked the singer to apologize for the song.


The song shows Mehwish Hayat arrives to take the groom home, contrary to the traditional Pakistani wedding in which the groom is welcomed with his family and friends to take the bride.

Abrar-ul-Haq is already facing a court case in Islamabad High Court after a petition challenging his appointment as the Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Authority was filed.

Read more: Abrar-ul-Haq laughed at himself during his court appearance

Earlier, a video of him laughing at himself at a court appearance popped up on social media. Abrar-ul-Haq took banter at the questions regarding his court appearance.

Abrar-ul-Haq, walking towards the courtroom, was asked how he feels about appearing in the court in real life since he is usually seen reenacting court scenes in his songs.

Haq, a renowned upbeat singer, with laughter, said that he has been to the courts several times before in real life. Adding that this is his fourth court case. The singer with a smirk responded that he is now habitual of court cases.

The appointment of singer-turned-politician, Abrar-ul-Haq as the Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Authority was postponed by Islamabad High Court. The current PRCA chairman Dr. Ejaz Illahi had challenged Haq’s appointment in a petition filed on November 16th.

With another potential legal case in the pipeline perhaps Haq is certainly right to say that he is accustomed to making court appearances now.

Read more: Abrar-ul-Haq should focus on singing, not politics

Abrar-ul-Haq is the prominent PTI member, joined the party in 2011. He frequently graced the PTI demonstrations and entertained the protestors with his performances. Haq even made a pitch for Imran Khan by singing a few party anthems and songs for the election campaign.

He closely contested the elections against PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal from his home constituency of Narowal, Punjab.

Earlier, the singer was in limelight for his reprized debut song ‘Billo’ for Coke Studio 12. The song has been the hit song track after Atif Aslam’s ‘Wohi Khuda Hai’.

Haq made an enthralling debut in Pakistan’s music industry from song Billo De Ghar in 1995. His debut album made a whopping sale of 40.3 million worldwide, making him a household name. The massive success of Billo made him the ‘King of the Pakistani Pop’.

Later on, Abrar-ul-Haq produced funky Punjabi songs that made to the top of the musical charts in Pakistan in the 1990s and early 2000.