Ali Gul Pir, Pindi Boys release political-themed songs ahead of elections

Published: July 24, 2018


KARACHI: With the 2018 elections upon us, the air is full of political-themed conversations and arguments. And Pakistani artists are engaging actively, all in their own unique way.

Comedian Ali Gul Pir released his newest track titled Paris, a satire on politicians claiming to transform Pakistani cities into the likes of foreign capitals. The lyrics are classic Pir style with the comedian mocking politicians who claim to transform cities while more pressing issues such as justice for the poor are put on the back burner. Verses such as “Sheher ko Paris bana den, khilayi makhlooq hain pyare,” and “Kuch to vote laga de, mujhe bas PM bana de” hit the mark.



Besides the obvious, what makes the 96-second track even better is SomeWhat Super’s electronic music and the trippy video. The music troupe perfectly fits the mood that the video creates by playing with spatial dimensions.

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“It’s highlighting the worst kind of negativity that we are surrounded by and up against. It’s a commentary on the political situation of our country,” Pir told The Express Tribune about the music video’s message. “We should all go out and vote and not sit at home. A lot of people don’t agree with the political leaders and the democratic ideas that we have but this is all we have and we have to find a way and work with it. So the message is to go out, vote and do your part.”


Meanwhile, Jasim Haider and the Pindi Boys, who contested in last year’s Pepsi Battle of the Bands, also released a new track called Hun Bas. This is a deviation from the band’s usual bluesy sound as they’ve stepped into hard rock.

The song, written by Haider and composed by the band’s bassist Syed Mohsin Raza Zaidi, talks about the youth being fed up of the unstable political conditions in Pakistan and how it’s high time something is done. Hun Bas simply gives voice to the youth’s aggression with lyrics like “Kab tak chalega aise rahega, uthega akhir kab yeh kaarvan, bahega khoon bahega, sahega zulm ki yeh zubaan.”



On the change from their usual sound, Haider said, “This is not a typical Pindi Boys composition. It’s a song about political situation in Pakistan and the youth being sick of what’s happening around us.” He said they first wrote ab bas but then changed it to the Punjabi alternative with hun bas, as it encapsulated the energy, rage and aggression perfectly.

Haider said the song came from their hearts. “We don’t have a lot of patriotic songs and honestly, it doesn’t come easily to us to write one too. But we are sick and tired of the situation so it just happened naturally. There is a lot of aggression and frustration surrounding the political environment and we want to express it, with a different approach. We didn’t target any particular party but summed up what we felt.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Javed Baloch
    Jul 24, 2018 - 6:26PM

    Someone needs to pass the word to Ali Gul Pir that his efforts as a comedian are abysmal at best. And least said about his talents as a singer the better.
    Apparently, mediocrity is the name of the game in the modern day entertainment industry of Pakistan…Recommend

  • Falak Iqbal
    Jul 25, 2018 - 6:03AM

    I’ve been following Jasim Haider and the Pindi Boys ever since Pepsi BoB, personally I’m blown away by their new song. They are chameleons, not many bands can change their sound and actually pull it off, they did it effortlessly and there lies their strength. They went from the familiar, nostalgic sound of Ali Haider, slash a bluesy vibe to rock. I love it. The energy in their new song Hun Bus is phenomenal. Apart from putting Pindi on the map, these guys have revived music in Pakistan. No doubt, these guys will make waves internationally. Recommend

  • Zahra Faiz
    Jul 26, 2018 - 5:33PM

    Completely agree with your opinion Mr Falak! I bet in five to ten years they will be as well known as the Vital Signs. Loving the new sound. Recommend

  • Shumaila Riaz
    Jul 26, 2018 - 6:09PM

    I was trying so hard to think who the lead singers voice reminds me of! Spot on, Ali Haider!!! His voice gives me nostalgic feels of the 90’s. Best era of music. Its so nice to hear it and with a modern twist. Love the lead singer. Each one of the band members outdid themselves this time, you cant say who won the spotlight, the guitarists were on point, the drummer had a strong presence and a life of his own and Jasim…..well he’s Jasim (fan grilling) (swooon)Recommend

  • Ansar Khan
    Jul 26, 2018 - 6:20PM

    Ali isn’t that bad, harsh opinion Javed.Recommend

  • Fahad Malik
    Jul 27, 2018 - 2:14AM

    New found respect for this band, they just went from good to GREAT! Very talented. You’ve made your city proud. Recommend

  • Rabia Baig
    Jul 27, 2018 - 3:38PM

    After discovering this band I want to move from Lahore to Pindi, I want to be a Pindi girl!Recommend

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