Renowned preacher Junaid Jamshed lost his life during yesterday’s plane crash of PIA PK-661 that was bound to Islamabad from Chitral. As it happened, the ATR42 plane carrying 47 people including flight crew crashed and claimed all lives present on board.
In the aftermath of this national disaster, our spirits and emotions took a nose-dive, while shock and plaintive feelings prevail.
Late Junaid Jamshed had a personal affection with his fans and followers who come not only from Pakistan but around the world. Our affection and fondness of him take us back to days before he unveiled himself as a preacher of Islam.
It was the era when he bloomed of popularity everywhere. He set the pedestal and not only fans but the emerging artists also followed suit. It was until he went deep inside himself and led a new beginning. He dominated his stature in both impressions he led of him.
We as millennials hold him in high regard as a result of a number of things. On the event of Junaid Jamshed’s sad demise, we go through a kaleidoscope of memories. He led a profound association in discovering a potential within our childhood memories.
Let’s remember how Junaid Jamshed was an important part of our childhood:
1. He was one of the national heroes who we initially looked up to
Stepping into age we captured a sense of our surroundings and the world. Talk about people who inspired us as Pakistanis, Junaid Jamshed was one of them. It takes us to the era of Vital Signs when he gathered immense popularity and success as a well-celebrated pop artist. We sought him in terms of immense pride as he remained one of the few that blossomed our music industry.
2. His patriotic songs bespoke our deepest patriotic feelings
Dil dil Pakistan, jan jan Pakistan… Remember the time when we longed keenly about national events such as Independence Day and 23rd March? Junaid Jamshed’s patriotic songs played a vital role in stirring our emotions and decorate the particular national events. It stood as an invigorating effect led by his patriotic songs. It redefined our feelings and the experience of celebrating these events.
But JJ’s patriotic songs have not been forgotten now, they still stand-out in all varieties and options present now. It is due to the fact that we naturally relate to our childhood and precious memories formed by his songs in particular when it comes to patriotic music. And how can we forget watching Pakistan vs. India back in time?
3. Our excitement about his patriotic songs played in school functions
14th August or 23rd March, celebrating Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday or memorials on Defence Day, patriotic songs have always set the mood and braced our souls. As kids, we felt utter excitement when certain songs were played during events and functions held in our schools. We profoundly enjoyed every track and sang along in awe. Celebrating the occasion revitalized our feelings and gave us more reasons to enjoy ourselves.
4. We loved to adopt his fashion
Some of us who have been avidly following him since the 90s can relate to this. As a national starlet, he influenced our young people and they seemed to passionately follow the fashion trends introduced by him. Adopting the hairstyle, rolling our shirt sleeves up and posing with a guitar, we were struck by this particular trend he led. Even after he embraced a significant change in his life and adopted a new style, we never seemed to let go his fashion. His own brand named after him speaks of his priority in dressing and is a leading clothing brand in Pakistan.
5. We aspired to form our own boy bands
All credit goes to the culmination of Vital Signs. Junaid Jamshed was a popular figure to lead this particular influence. Having inspiration from Vital Signs, we pursued to form our very own band. In our group, we always had someone who could sing well and also someone who was keen about guitars. The notion and love spread among ourselves and we found ways to make things happen.
Junaid Jamshed will remain a radiant symbol in our hearts. He was a benefactor and a beacon of hope for many. He developed a vibrant sense of duty and continued to outshine by his work in all areas he explored. His legacy will be continued and his name shall glimmer in supremacy.