Safe in the UK, singer Annie Khalid says no one to hold her back now

Published: September 27, 2013
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Pakistani musician Annie Khalid. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani musician Annie Khalid. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani musician Annie Khalid said on Friday that there’s no one to stop her or hold her back now, since she has moved to Essex, England – away from her difficult marriage in Pakistan.

In an interview with The Independentthe musician, who is often referred to as Pakistan’s Britney Spears, said that she had worked hard to get where she is today.

Khalid whose troubled marriage with businessperson Malik Awan was the centre of much media attention in Pakistan, considers the entire episode in her life to be a “bad dream”.

The marriage ended with Khalid fleeing to Essex – a decision that she looks back with content.

“Now, there is no-one to hold me back or stop me,” she says.

Talking about how she firmly believes in the right of women to wear a veil, the musician said, “I pray five times a day but I don’t need to prove to anyone that I’m a good Muslim.”

With “no one holding her back” now, the singer says her wishlist includes performing with such stars as Ellie Goulding and M.I.A and travelling to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Mauritius.

“Most of my songs now are about being happy and grateful for being alive,” Khalid claims.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ali
    Sep 27, 2013 - 11:48PM

    Britney Spears of Pakistan.. haha.. what a joke :)

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  • S.Khan
    Sep 28, 2013 - 12:15AM

    We love you Annie. Well done for coming back and standing tall. Your fans love you and wish you more success keep making uz proud.

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  • S.Khan
    Sep 28, 2013 - 12:16AM

    Well dun annie. we luv you and ur fans wish you d best. keep makin us proud

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  • Takooo
    Sep 28, 2013 - 12:23AM

    She is Annie Khalid of Pakistan not Britney Spears of Pakistan….lol

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  • Sami
    Sep 28, 2013 - 12:32AM

    Who is she? i dont know her?

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  • darbullah
    Sep 28, 2013 - 5:41AM

    Why are Pakistanis running away from Pakistan as in jumping from a drowning ship?

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  • sana
    Sep 28, 2013 - 12:01PM

    @darbullah: she is a British pakistani mate! And apparently has been threatened by her husband not to return to Pak.

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  • cherian
    Sep 28, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Awesome singer

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  • Randeep Sherpao
    Sep 28, 2013 - 3:05PM

    Muslims are safe and happy everywhere outside islamic world

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  • feriha
    Sep 28, 2013 - 9:05PM

    randeep u r absoulutly correct muslims who r living outside from pakistan they r safe and living happily not like us our country is full of corruption muslims r living happily in USA and i love USA

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