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Fawad Khan may replace Saif Ali Khan and portray a womanizer

Seems like Pakistani actor Fawad Khan will be heading over to Bollywood once again, as rumour has it that the heartthrob has signed on to do Reema Kagti’s Mr.Chaloo next,according to Times of India.

54f05a2b518f8After Saif Ali Khan had to leave the project due to remuneration issues, the filmmakers started to search for a suitable boy to play the role of a scheming and manipulative womaniser. Initially, they had approached Shahid Kapoor but as he was tied up with Abhishek Chaubey’s drug drama, Udta Punjab, he could not get involved with the project either.

Now, the rumor mill is buzzing as reports seem to suggest that the makers have finally chosen Khoobsurat actor, Fawad Khan for the part.

Mumbai Mirror reports that a source close to the development shared that the deal with Fawad was finalized when he had been in Indian for the Filmfare Awards, where he picked up the accolade for Best Debut.Reema, along with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, are convinced that Fawad will do a good job fulfilling the character of a smooth ladies man who cons women out of money using his charm.

For him too, it’ll be a welcome change from the quintessential stiff upper-lip royal that he essayed in his first film,” the source added.Previously, Queen actress, Kangana Ranaut, had been roped in to play the female lead but she has also left the project to pair up with Saif in Sujoy Ghosh’s adaptation of the Japanese novel, ‘The Devotion of Suspect X.’

The source also said: “After Kangana’s exit, Reema has substantially changed the script. The film has strong roles for both protagonists and a leading lady is likely to be finalised in a week’s time.”

Mr. Chaloo goes on the floors in August. The film also stars Richa Chadda and Pooja Bhatt in significant roles.

Folk singer Sadiq Fakeer passes away in Saudi Arabia

MITHI: Sufi folk singer Sadiq Fakeer breathed his last on Thursday evening after succumbing to fatal injuries following a car crash in Saudi Arabia.

Sadiq Fakeer
Sadiq Fakeer

The folk singer, who might not be terribly well-known in mainstream circles, was nonetheless a notable fixture on the folk music scene.

Speaking to Dawn.com, poet Dr. Aakash Ansari, whose poems were also sung by Sadiq, said that he was deeply shocked about his untimely demise couldn’t find words to pay tribute to the singer.

Sadiq Fakeer was born on March 20, 1964 to Faiz Mohammad Manganhaar in Mithi town in Sindh. Unlike most people from his community his father was a government employee who worked as a patwari in the revenue department.

According to Sadiq’s close friend and writer-poet Bharo Mal Amrani, Sadiq was a born singer. He studied at a local government school and simultaneously learned music from his maternal uncle, Mohammad Hussain Maganhaar, who was also a musician.

Sadiq sang at school functions and later at weddings in Thar and other parts of Sind. He was then introduced to Radio Pakistan Hyderabad, in 1986 by Mr Inyat Baloch and to Pakistan Television by the literary icon Shamsher ul Hyder in 1988.

Following his work at Radio Pakistan and PTV, Sadiq started to compose and sing the famouskalaam of Sindhi Sufi poets like Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast, Shaikh Ayaz, Dr. Akash Ansari, Ustaad Bukhari among others.

Sadiq Fakeer was not only a singer but also taught at Mithi Government High School. He had a Masters degree in Sindhi literature from Sindh University. He was also awarded many accolades like the Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai award, Sachal Sarmast Award, and Mai Bhagi award which is in the honour of the legendary Thari singer.

He had also performed internationally in Dubai, India, Singapore, US, England, Canada and Saudi Arabia and got unprecedented appreciation even from those who couldn’t not understand his language. The singer could sing in Sindhi, Urdu, Seraiki, Dhatki, Marvarri and other languages.

According to broadcaster Naseer Mirza, who spoke to Dawn.com, the singer’s death means an irreplaceable loss to music and the voice of Thar. Many of his contemporaries like Jami Chadio, Ayub Khoso, Ayaz Latif Palijo, Partab Shivani also expressed regrets over his death.

Sadiq was in Saudi Arabia to perform Umra, and was on his way to Makkah from Madina when he met with the fatal accident. He was accompanied by his family, including his wife, Shamim, daughter Uzma and three sons Rahat Ali, Raza Ali and Nizakat Ali, who also suffered serious injuries.

Business centres and shops in Mithi remained closed on Friday to mourn his death. People from various parts of Sindh arrived at Sadiq’s house to offer their condolences. It is as yet unclear whether his burial will take place in Mithi or Saudi Arabia.

His sudden death has saddened countless fans and music lovers from Pakistan, India and across the world where he performed and enchanted the audience with his soulful voice.

Modi meets Mufti Mohammad Sayeed after deal

SRINAGAR: Narendra Modi and India-held Kashmir’s incoming chief minister put the finishing touches Friday on a deal that will see the premier’s Hindu nationalists enter government in India’s only Muslim-majority state for the first time.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. — AP/File
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. — AP/File

Modi and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed held around 90 minutes’ of talks to discuss the programme and make-up of their parties’ coalition ahead of its expected swearing-in on Sunday.

“This is a historic opportunity to unite hearts and minds of the people in the state,” Sayeed, expected to be the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, told reporters after meeting the prime minister in New Delhi.

Read: BJP to form coalition government in Kashmir

Both men are expected to attend Sunday’s inauguration in Jammu, the Himalayan region’s winter capital, which is taking place some two months after the inconclusive results from elections to the state assembly.

The elections were marred by a number of deadly attacks in a region that is divided between India and Pakistan, and claimed by both.

The coalition agenda will only be unveiled on Sunday but won’t include any reference to scrapping a constitutional provision which allows Kashmir to make its own laws, even though Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has long been committed to its abolition.

The PDP has been demanding the removal of a draconian law that gives Indian forces sweeping powers to search, enter property and shoot on sight in Kashmir and is seen by critics as a cover for rights abuses.

Also read: PDP-BJP alliance could be a ‘paradigm shift’ in Kashmir’s history: Mufti

The BJP has said the law was needed to halt insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence or for its merger with Pakistan. The fighting has left tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, dead.

The BJP won 25 out of the 87 seats at the elections to Kashmir’s state assembly in December, a major increase on its previous showings, but it still came slightly behind the PDP which took 28.

Modi’s party largely cleaned up in the Jammu region, which is the only part of the state to be mainly Hindu, but the PDP dominated in the Kashmir valley where separatist sentiment has traditionally been strongest.

Both parties also benefited from widespread discontent at the state’s then-ruling National Conference party, over its handling of devastating floods that killed more than 200 people in Kashmir in September.

As coalition talks dragged and the outgoing chief minister Omar Abdullah declined to remain at the helm, the state was placed under New Delhi’s direct rule in January.

PM summons parliamentary leaders for meeting on Senate polls

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday convened a meeting of the parliamentary leaders for thoughts on how to make the Senate elections transparent, said a report published on Radio Pakistan.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while talking to media representatives on Thursday evening, along with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen, said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PTI are on the same page when it comes to restraining horse-trading in the upcoming Senate elections.

Jehangir Tareen had added that PTI would support all efforts of the government for working towards transparent elections in Pakistan.

Also read: Govt drafts ‘anti-horse trading’ amendment

The government has drafted an amendment bill to bring crucial changes to the Constitution in a bid to hold the upcoming elections to 52 Senate seats in a manner that will end the “undemocratic practice of horse-trading”.

Three new amendments are being considered to allow changes in existing procedures and rules for conducting election for senate seats. The proposed act will be called the Constitution (22nd Amendment) Act, 2015.

The draft suggests that elections to the Senate will be held through open voting instead of the secret ballot that is currently in vogue.