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Turned down role in ‘Baby’ due to its anti-Pakistan slant: Hamza Abbasi

Actor Hamza Ali Abbassi on Monday said he was offered a role in the Indian film ‘Baby‘ last year which he did not accept due to the movie’s anti-Pakistan slant.

Abbasi took this to his Facebook page early morning.

Actor’s post on film, Baby. PHOTO: HAMZA ALI ABBASI FACEBOOK PAGE

The actor also said that he is in favour of Pakistani artists working in Indian films in general, but not in a film that even has anti-Pakistan themes.

“Please think like a Pakistani first and then an artist,” Abbasi added.

The Pakistan Film Censor Board has banned the exhibition of ‘Baby’. The team behind the film, that stars Akshay Kumar now, was in a state of shock over the film’s ban in the country.

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While producer Bhushan Kumar was still wondering why, actor Anupam Kher emphasised the need to move beyond borders and look at the universal problem of terrorism.

“The film is about anti-terrorism. Sometimes it is important to go beyond territories and understand who is the enemy — is it a country or a bunch of people?” Kher told IANS.


Hamza Ali Abbasi appointed PTI’s culture secretary in Karachi

KARACHI: 

Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has been appointed as culture  secretary for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Karachi. Abbasi, a former civil service trainee, has been a supporter of PTI for quite some time. He was spotted on many of the party’s sit-ins held last year to overthrow the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.

The party’s Karachi president, Ali Zaidi, took to his Twitter account to announce that the actor will take on the role of PTI Karachi’s culture secretary and posted a picture of the formal letter.

Meanwhile, the Waar actor, who is open in his support of the PTI and often tweets in favour of the party, has yet to make an official announcement on his social media accounts.

He was recently in the news when Facebook had blocked a post by the actor regarding Charlie Hebdo. Abbasi had posted on his verified Facebook page, which is followed by 1.6 million people, that the social media website had removed his post and warned him after deactivating his profile.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had later issued an apology on behalf of his team stating that his team may have made a mistake in deleting the actor’s Facebook post regarding the Paris attacks.

The actor who recently turned director with the comedy film Kambakht will also be seen starring in the movie alongside Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui, Humayun Saeed, Shafqat Cheema and Sohai Ali Abro.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th,  2015.

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Hamza Ali Abbasi appointed secretary culture for PTI

Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has been appointed as secretary culture for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Karachi.

Abbasi, a former civil service trainee, has been an active and supporter of the PTI and its chairman Imran Khan. He joined the party late last year and was spotted on many of the party’s sit-ins held last year to overthrow the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.

The party’s Karachi President Ali Zaidi took to his Twitter account to announce that the actor will take on the role of PTI Karachi’s Secretary Culture and posted a picture of the formal letter.

Meanwhile, the Waar actor who is open in his support of the PTI and often tweets in favour of the party is yet to make an official announcement on his social media accounts.


Hamza, Rubya join hands for a night to remember

KARACHI: 

Rubya Chaudhry can attach ‘singer-musician’ to her resume as the model-turned-actor displayed her vocal talent in a concert held at the FTC Auditorium on Monday.

Hamza, on the other hand, is no stranger to the spotlight as a musician. The front-man of CoVen, one of Pakistan’s most well renowned and oldest rock bands, also made an appearance on Coke Studio season 7 as a guest musician.

Monday’s show was prearranged to screen the music video for Jafri and Chaudhry’s single, Let’s Get Together.

Several members of the music fraternity such as Coke Studio musicians Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique, Sikandar Mufti and Sara Haider turned up to support the musical duo.

Despite the exasperating delay to kick-start the event, stand-up comedian and improv artist Akbar Chaudry kept things interesting by indulging in a rapid fire and humorous round of questions with the celebrities and event organisers.

Mufti, better known for his stint on Coke Studio on percussions, was full of praise for his friends, Chaudhry and Jafri, stating, “It’s always nice to see good and quality performers emerging in the industry and I would like to wish both of them all the very best for their future projects.”

Jafri and Chaudhry performed several singles and covers they had collaborated upon for a long period of time — the first being Chaudhry’s debut release, Let’s Get Together, a traditional pop-rock number.

“We have been writing and composing music together for almost 8 to 10 months and ‘Let’s Get Together’ is the first of our songs,” She stated. According to the musicians, the song is an uplifting anthem which has been sung in Urdu and English so it’s able to appeal to a wider audience.

The duo performed several originals alongside Coke Studio and Strings drummer, Ahad Ayani. Some other noteworthy songs included the ballad Thaam Lo before changing gears and increasing the tempo with pop-rock songs like Aaja and Badshah.

The latter was one of the highlights of the evening mainly due to Jafri and Ayani’s guitar and drum solos respectively.

The music video for Let’s Get Together was also screened at the event and featured theatre director and Jafri’s wife Nida Butt dancing alongside Jafri and Chaudhry. Despite being a decently shot video, it generated mixed responses from audience members.

Waleed Tariq, an audience member, commented, “Personally, I think that the video was well-shot but the song was a major letdown and the artists were unable to do justice to it.”

The screening for the music video was followed with Jafri and Chaudhry performing covers of popular songs including Bollywood tracks like Ram Chahe Leela from the movie, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela.

Despite the delayed start and minor technical difficulties, audiences generally appreciated the event and praised the organisers for arranging a concert at a time when there is a dearth of live performances in the country.

“Credit must be given where it is due. This is my first time coming to a concert with my family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish we have more musicians performing live so that the music industry does not fade out,” remarked audience member, Zohair Alvi.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2015.

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Hamza Ali Abbasi’s post: My team might have made a mistake, says Zuckerberg

KARACHI: In a rare apology, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Monday admitted that his team may had have made a mistake in deleting actor Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Facebook post on the Paris attack.

Zuckerberg, in response to a comment on Facebook, said:

Zuckerberg’s reply to a comment. PHOTO: HAMZA ALI’s FACEBOOK PAGE

Earlier on Sunday evening, Hamza Ali said the social media website had removed his post and warned him after deactivating his profile.

Hamza Ali’s post. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

The removal of the post by Facebook was heavily censured since Zuckerberg had just a day ago declared that he would not cow down to extremists and curb speech on his site. The post by Abbasi got over 45,000 likes and some 5,000 shares.


Facebook removes Hamza Ali Abbasi’s post on ‘freedom of expression’

Just days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that he would not cow down to extremists and curb speech on the site, the social media network on Sunday apparently blocked a post by actor Hamza Ali Abbasi regarding Charlie Hebdo and limits of free speech.

On Sunday evening, Abbasi posted on his verified Facebook page, with 1.6 million fans, that the social media website had removed his post and warned him after deactivating his profile.

According to a screenshot of the removed post that Abbasi uploaded, Facebook said they had removed it since it violated its community standards. It was not clear under which aspects of the community standards was the post removed.

Abbasi, a former civil service trainee, tried to explain in the post under which circumstances executions are permitted in Islamic law and who can carry them out. He goes on to explain that despite the nature of some of the cartoons printed by publications such as Charlie Hebdo, which have caused riots in Pakistan before, it did not give anyone the right to commit murder.

“Yes, even my blood boils when someone insults my Prophet (pbuh) …. But that does not give individuals the right to kill.”

He went on to argue that while freedom of speech should “include criticism, disagreement or even rejection of faiths or ideology… but should not and must not allow “insult”.”

Abbasi urged the West to revisit and fix its definition of ‘freedom of speech,’ adding that failure to do so would result in someone from the vast comity of Muslims may go “ballistic and kill unjustly.”

The actor is quite vocal on social media and regularly shares his opinions on issues with his fans.


British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US

NEW YORK: A US judge sentenced British preacher Abu Hamza on Friday to life in prison after a jury convicted him on 11 charges of kidnapping and terrorism, calling his crimes “evil” and “barbaric.”

The hook-handed Imam, who is blind in one eye and a double-hand amputee, became a tabloid bogeyman in Britain for preaching vitriolic, anti-American sermons at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London.

During his sentencing, he stared impassively at the table and pursed his lips as Judge Katherine Forrest read out his sentence, eight months after he was convicted by a jury on May 19 after a four-week trial.

She told Abu Hamza he would be “committed to a sentence of life imprisonment in the custody of the United States attorney general and US marshalls,” following a three-hour hearing.


London imam Abu Hamza to be sentenced for US terrorism conviction

For years, the radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri delivered incendiary sermons at a London mosque, using words that US and UK authorities say helped inspire a generation of militants, including British would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid.

On Friday, he will have one final chance to convince a US judge that he should not spend the rest of his life in prison, eight months after a federal jury in New York convicted him of terrorism charges.

Abu Hamza, 56, is scheduled to appear in US District Court in Manhattan at 10am (1500 GMT) to be sentenced.

The one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza gained notoriety for his fiery rhetoric and use of a hook in place of his missing right hand.

He was found guilty of providing a satellite phone and advice to Yemeni militants who kidnapped Western tourists in 1998. Four hostages died in the operation.

He was also convicted of sending two followers to Oregon to establish a militant training camp and of dispatching an associate to Afghanistan to aid al Qaeda and the Taliban against the United States.

In their sentencing recommendation to Judge Katherine Forrest, lawyers for Abu Hamza focused on his need for specialised medical care as a double amputee.

While they asked for a term shorter than life, they conceded that any lengthy sentence would likely keep him behind bars until his death and pressed Forrest to send Abu Hamza to a medical facility instead of a maximum security prison.

Prosecutors urged a life sentence for a man they called a “global terrorist leader who orchestrated plots around the world” and said in court papers that the question of where Abu Hamza is imprisoned should be left to the Bureau of Prisons.

Abu Hamza, whose real name is Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, testified in his defense at trial.

He denied he sent anyone to Oregon or Afghanistan and claimed he acted as an intermediary during the Yemen kidnapping in search of a peaceful resolution.

He also asserted for the first time that he lost his hands in an accidental explosion two decades ago in Pakistan, where he said he was working as an engineer, contradicting widespread reports that he lost the limbs while fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Abu Hamza spent eight years in prison in Britain for inciting violence before his extradition in 2012 to the United States to face terrorism charges.