New Direction? Zayn Malik spotted in Pakistan after quitting One Direction

Published: April 1, 2015
Zayn Malik pictured at the Karachi airport on his arrival.

Zayn Malik pictured at the Karachi airport on his arrival.

KARACHI: “Don’t forget where you belong,” Zayn Malik sang to sold-out arenas across the globe just a few weeks ago. And it seems he hasn’t forgotten.

Malik, who recently announced his departure from famous boy band One Direction, arrived in Karachi early morning, and was spotted outside the airport. He was also pictured boarding a plane in London on Tuesday.

The Pakistani-British Malik’s announcement to leave the world-famous band ‘broke’ the internet on March 25, along with many hearts of fans across the globe.

But directioners in Pakistan can revel now with the arrival of Malik.

Zayn Malik spotted in Karachi. PHOTO: AAMIR KHAN

Read: Zayn Malik quits ‘One Direction’, says wants normal life

The former One Direction member has said his surprise visit to Pakistan will be a month-long trip, during which he will be visiting Karachi, Lahore and some parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

“It’s time I went back to my roots and take a break from life in the limelight,” said the 22-year-old in an interview.

Headed to Karachi? Zayn was spotted flying out of London yesterday. PHOTO: DAILYMAIL

Read: Here’s what you need to know about Zayn Malik and the heartbreak he caused

Malik arrived at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, on March 31 and will be staying at the home of his paternal uncle.

He was spotted in an unidentified part of the city, while he also posted a selfie with Quaid’s mausoleum in the background.

Zayn took a selfie with Quaid’s mazar. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

Read: #Apocalypse now: Teenage meltdown underway as Zayn Malik quits One Direction

“Not having ever visited Pakistan, where my father is from, I am hoping this trip will help me learn more about my culture and traditions. Having achieved so much, visiting Pakistan where many people my age are not as privileged as me, will teach me a thing or two,” the former member of the Irish-British band said.

Zayn Malik walked away from the world’s most popular band last week. Pictured above: Louis, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Harry. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ONEDIRECTION

When asked about what his ex-band mates thought of his visit to Pakistan, he said: “Well, to be honest Liam doesn’t even know where Pakistan is on the map; Harry asked to come along, but I wanted to avoid the attention that follows him everywhere he goes. And Niall? His blonde locks would never survive Pakistan.”

Malik said he would consider collaborating with some Pakistani artists, and that he is a big fan of Sajjad Ali, adding that his classic number ‘Babiyah’ is along the lines of a One Direction song.

Photographed at the Jinnah International Airport

When questioned about how his fiancé, Perrie Edwards was dealing with him being away for a month after just having returned from the band’s “On the Road Again” tour, Malik said, “She’s been very supportive and understands my reasons for going to Pakistan.”

After being seen with ‘Essex girl’ Lauren Richardson, while on a night out in Phuket, Thailand, speculations arose about an affair, after which Malik returned to the UK forgoing the completion of the tour.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Apr 1, 2015 - 11:10AM

    Hahahahaha!…you almost had me ! LolRecommend

  • No One
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:12AM

    Supposed to laugh? Supposed to be funny? Really? Really?? OK then Ha Ha Ha, here you ET!Recommend

  • Apr 1, 2015 - 11:28AM

    April fool!Recommend

  • akram
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:36AM

    haha. Good one :)Recommend

  • Shm
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Ahahah!!!! you got me ETRecommend

  • ashraf gul
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:38AM

    who being far zain malikRecommend

  • awesome
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:47AM

    Best april fool of all times! Good one!! HAHAHAHRecommend

  • middle finger
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:49AM

    can you not I will bury you alive I got so excited JUST IGGBYERecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 1, 2015 - 12:37PM

    Hahahahahahaha…..that got me going big time! Good one.Recommend

  • Faheem
    Apr 1, 2015 - 12:41PM

    hahahahahahaha, Nice 1 Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 1, 2015 - 12:41PM

    Who is zayn?Recommend

  • Amin
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:11PM


    This cane about when Muslim men women and children under seize by Christians during the Spanish reconquest were told they have safe passage to where evwr they want to go.

    It was said they have ships awaiting to sail for them.

    As they left their homes to make their way to the sea front they were massacred every single man woman and child.

    They were described April’s fools as the date was 1st April.

    Ever since the Spanish remember that day with jubilation as April Fool’s Day. Agreed the story of the massacre was lost in time BUT I hope you hunk twice before celebrating the massacre of your brothers and sisters.Recommend

  • Mahtada
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:24PM

    First i was like what!? Then I was like why!? But then I saw the pictures and they looked quite suspicious, photoshoped and all. And I knew something was up. Good effort though.Recommend

  • Mahtada
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:26PM

    @No One:
    have a little sence of humor buddy. Its called a joke.Recommend

  • Rabia Ali
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:27PM

    Hahahaha Recommend

  • Ali.baloch
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:35PM

    Nice humor, you got me untill the end……………….full lol hgya Recommend

  • Oscar
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:35PM

    MADE MY DAY :’3 too good.Recommend

  • singh
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:47PM

    I am afraid he does not follow the foot steps of saeed anwar, moeen ali & hashim amla.@Sara: Recommend

  • Glyn Ruck
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:49PM

    April fools!! Quaid’s mausoleum shot photoshopped. Zayn pic is when Niall got knocked over by paps in LAX. One look at Karachi & Perrie would run away.Recommend

  • Caresless Whispers
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:09PM

    April Fools Day… Recommend

  • Talal
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:33PM

    I knew it was a joke when you posted the pic of Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum. The pic was a normal one zayn posted on twitter, and it was a bad photoshop work. Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:52PM

    Why would he come to Karachi for his roots?! He’s probably originally from Mirpur or Jhelum like most British-Pakistanis.Recommend

  • falak noor
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:56PM

    i already knew something is wrong with it bcx qauid tomb was photoshopedRecommend

  • Salman
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:56PM

    Yes, and Elvis was spotted in Gujranwala day before yesterday..Recommend

  • Logitech
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:58PM

    Haha omg wow, Washu was convinced Zain was in Karachi! I thought she was talking about Zain the YouTube guy but then I realised it’s Zain the world famous singer!Recommend

  • Elsid
    Apr 1, 2015 - 4:34PM


    Can you please provide the reference as I found following and it says there are early references of April fool since 1392.

  • Tooba Dar
    Apr 1, 2015 - 4:54PM

    Hahahaha!! Oh my God! :D :DRecommend

  • Apr 1, 2015 - 5:32PM

    And Yes, officialy I am APRIL fool :-D , hate this post.Recommend

  • Marriam
    Apr 1, 2015 - 7:04PM

    Ohhhhh my God.. u made fool out of me.. lolz.. hahhahahah u r genius..Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Apr 1, 2015 - 9:36PM

    Your story of the origin of April Fools Day is pure nonsense.Recommend

  • Kinza
    Apr 1, 2015 - 10:58PM

    i actually believed it and was quite surprised..hhahahhahha :’DRecommend

  • Maha
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:47PM

    okay, this was so not funny. I got a mini heart attack, never reading express tribune again. God.Recommend

  • Syed Fahad Akbar
    Apr 2, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Wow great! that’s the spirit. Waiting for the day when ET would celebrate Ha’atzmaut with relegious & national enthusiasm.Recommend

  • mak
    Apr 2, 2015 - 12:28AM

    nice one ET…you win! ;-)Recommend

  • Apr 2, 2015 - 3:03AM

    Why did you put April Fools at the end – come on I wanted to see the comments believing lolRecommend

  • guest
    Apr 2, 2015 - 5:58AM

    Which world r u living in????!!Recommend

  • SalmanNaseer
    Apr 2, 2015 - 5:15PM

    While in a saner setting, I would have asked for references to your ‘information’, but since you have brought in atrocious crusaders inflicting suffering on Muslims, that must be enough to have this information be considered credible to the highest degree. Do some research first before posting totally uninformed comments.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Apr 3, 2015 - 6:56PM

    Yea, I was wondering why a half punjabi guy would land in Karachi.Recommend

  • Ansharah
    Apr 4, 2015 - 12:12AM

    I was really excited and i was about to call to the airport for one ticket for karachi, very bad april foolRecommend

  • one d
    Jul 2, 2015 - 1:32AM

    i really thought this was true OMG u made me cry Recommend

  • aliza
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:08AM

    zayn love uRecommend

  • aliza
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:08AM

    zayn love uRecommend

  • aliza
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:08AM

    zayn love uRecommend

  • aliza
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:08AM

    zayn love uRecommend

  • aliza
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:08AM

    zayn love u
    did you pray namazRecommend

  • aliza
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:11AM

    i am proud of you

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