“Hum Hain Pakistani” (We are Pakistani) Promo
More than 700 Christians attended the ceremony for the release of Mgr. Joseph Arshad, bishop of Faisalabad’s new album. The cd – with eight tracks – is called “Hum hain Pakistani” (We are Pakistani) and was entirely written and composed by the bishop who in 2015 launched his first musical effort.
Addressing the present, the bishop said: “”We all know what is happening in our society. I encourage youth to become the hope and change the fate of Pakistan. I strongly believe that together with one thought, we can achieve a preposterous, peaceful and an advanced country”.
The launch ceremony took place in Lahore last July 25 and is part of the events organized for the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, which is celebrated on 14 August. Archbishop Arshad reveals to AsiaNews that the songs “have been composed during my 14 years of diplomatic service to the Holy See in Malta, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.” The album uses important collaborations with famous Pakistani singers, such as Ghulam Abbas (winner of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, or Medal of Excellence, the country’s fourth civil honor) and Humara Channa (winner of six Nigar Awards), and with Christian musicians.