ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ‘pop queen’ Nazia Hassan passed away 17 years ago today due to lungs cancer.

The iconic singer was born in Karachi on April 3, 1965 and passed away on August 13, 2000.

Her debut song 'Aap Jaisa Koi' in 1980 shot her to fame but for Nazia, it was just the beginning of a career that would leave an impression in the hearts of an entire generation and more.

Along with her brother, Zohaib Hassan, Nazia released her album 'Disco Deewane' in 1981.

Her songs ‘Dosti’, ‘Disco Deewane’, ‘Aankhen Milane Wale’, ‘Boom Boom’ and 'Dil ki Lagi' are still considered timeless classics.

Nazia was not only blessed with an angelic voice to serenade audiences, but also with an empathetic heart. Her philanthropic work made her win several accolades.
The singer released more than a dozen albums in her life spanning 35 years and even collaborated with Indian classical legend Kishore Kumar once.

In 1991, she joined the United Nations and also worked for UNICEF.

Interestingly, Nazia also wrote a song on abstinence from drugs called Nasha Na Karo.
For Nazia’s great achievements and contributions, the government of Pakistan presented her the “Pride of Performance” award — the highest civil award of Pakistan. The award was presented to Nazia’s mother, Muniza Basir, by Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on March 23, 2002.