He hoped to become a fighter pilot with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), but with multiple talents, he mostly became a preacher of the Islamic Gospel and died as a result. In his lifetime, Junaid Jamshed, a multi-talented icon, was recognized as one of the most influential Muslims in the world. Back home, he was known to be his country’s greatest brand ambassador.

Biography of Junaid Jamshed

Born to a retired PAF Colonel, Junaid’s full name is Khan Junaid Jamshed. He was born on September 3, 1964 and has three siblings: Omar Jamshed, Humayun Jamshed and Muneeza Jamshed. Together they were raised in Karachi, Sind in Pakistan. His mother’s name is Nafeesa Akbar and his father’s name is Jamshed Akbar.

Jamshed attended International Boarding HighSchool, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia after which he wanted to become a pilot for the Pakistan Air Force. However, he couldn’t make it because of his poor eyesight. He then returned to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lahore University of Engineering and Technology.

Junaid Jamshed started his singing career while still studying at university. He joined the rock band Nuts and Bolts and was its vocalist, later he joined Vital Signs and became its lead vocalist. Other members of the Vital Signs rock band include keyboardist Rohail Hyatt and bassist Shahzad Hasan.

The Vital Signs four albums released during their time together, the first being Vital Signs 1. which was a huge success after selling beyond expectations. The album includes hit songs like Tum Mil Gaye and Dil Dil Pakistan

Even after the unexpected success the band’s debut album racked up, Jamshed still wasn’t set on becoming a musician, but he pursued his dream of becoming a pilot for his country’s air force. His band members had to put in a lot of effort to convince him to keep making music.

Vital Signs released their second album titled Vital Signs 2 and although it wasn’t as successful as the first, it paved the way for the band’s first US tour.

In 1993 the band released their third album, Aitebar. It was the same year that Jamshed signed his first acting contract. It also happened to be his only acting contract with Dhundle Raste

In 1994, he decided to combine a solo career with that of member of Vital Signs B: and. He released his first solo album the same year and titled it Junaid of Vital Signs

In 1995 the band released Hum Tum, their fourth and final album. The group found it difficult to continue living together, but could not as problems began to arise between the members, which eventually led to them breaking up.

After the disbanded Vital Signs , Jamshed focused on becoming a solo artist and in 1998 he released his second solo album titled We Rah Par. Apart from making him more popular, the album added to his earnings as it was ranked as one of the best-selling albums of the year.

In the following years, Jamshed released their third and fourth album. The best of Junaid Jamshed, the third album, was released in 2000 while his last solo album, Dil Ki Baat was released in 2001.

In 2001, Junaid Jamshed started to walk away from music slowly and he started avoiding media attention. His weak presence in the music scene led to the fall of his fourth album on the market. Speculation about Junaid’s return to engineering work began to spread, but a little later he talked about starting a fashion design business. The decision to step away from music was largely influenced by the 9/11 attack, after his US tour fell through due to tension in the west over the attack. In 2004, he finally ended his music career, making it clear that he was devoting his life to Islam full-time.

Junaid Jamshed: cause of death

December 7, 2016 is a day to remember in a hurry, the day a philanthropist and international icon passed away. Junaid Jamshed and his second wife, Nahya, were on board PIA Flight 661 en route to Islamabad when the plane crashed at approximately 4:15 a.m. PST near Abbottabad, 90 km from its destination. Jamshed and his second wife, Nahya Junaid, were among the 45 passengers and crew who died in the crash, leaving no survivors.

The flight which departed from Chitral Airport at 3:30 p.m. was scheduled to arrive at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad at 4:40 p.m. PST. All five crew members on board were Pakistani. Among the 39 Pakistani passengers, an Austrian, a Chinese and a South Korean were victims of the accident. In total, there were 47 people.

Family, wife, children

While still alive, Jamshed married two wives, Ayesha Junaid and Nahya Junaid, and had four children – three sons and a daughter.

His second wife, Nahya Junaid, was an employee of the Football Federation of Pakistan before her marriage.

Jamshed is remembered as a man who loved and cared for his family. He is survived by his first wife Ayesha Junaid, four children and three siblings.