KARACHI: Back in 2013,
Momina Mustehsan made waves when she made her
Coke Studio debut with ‘Afreen Afreen’. But she wasn’t the only one who rose to fame because of the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan song. Abdullah Qureshi had uploaded his cover of the song online and it was overnight fame for him. Young, handsome and a good voice to complete the package, Qureshi’s career hit off. And then it came tumbling down with claims of
sexual harassment. After a hiatus, Abdullah Qureshi just announced that he is quitting the music industry, for religious reasons.
Taking to social media, the singer explained why he was not as active as before, “I know I’ve been lost since a long time and I have received a ton of messages in this time asking about where I have been. I was on a break, pressed the pause button for a while and took this time to find who I was, where I’m headed and who do I want to become.”
Abdullah Qureshi explained his departure from the music industry is “purely because of religious reasons.” In his exit note he even acknowledged the controversies surrounding his career, “I have had a great time making music, playing concerts for thousands of people, getting loved and appreciated, facing controversies, making some wrong decisions, spreading some positivity, making some amazing friends, working with people who were my idols, learning from the best and doing what I loved doing.”
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However, he wrote, “I believe the actual purpose of life is way bigger than all of this and we have very little time in this world to make our afterlife better.” Qureshi thanked this fans who supported him throughout his career and also asked that he not be contacted to appear in concerts.