Who sang better at Junaid Safdar's qawwali — the groom or Rahat Fateh Ali Khan?

Looks like the maestro had a little competition from the groom.
Updated 14 Dec, 2021

Just when we thought we (and the wedding guests) would get a little break from Junaid Safdar's wedding extravaganza, social media was caught by surprise by a second qawwali event held Monday night in honour of the bride and groom. Should we forgive them for the unrelenting partying? Yes, mainly because the qawwal in attendance last night was none other than the maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan himself.

The qawwali night was celebrated in Islamabad on December 13. It was an lavish affair this time around as well — the event planner was Ayra Events and clearly, they have a thing for flower overlays and grand chandeliers.

The event's photographers were Fatima Tariq Photography and OShoot — popular Karachi photographers — helped us get another look at the opulent decor as well as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan up on stage, serenading the crowd.

Here's Khan in full swing, crooning one of our favourite Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan songs — 'Dulhe Ka Sehra'. This was clearly sung especially for the bride and groom.

We already knew the Sharifs are a musically talented clan and we figured that Junaid would give Khan a run for his money when it came to belting out songs at the event. We last heard him crooning a Mohammad Rafi song at his nikkah. This time around, Junaid sang Khan's 'Mein Tenu Samjhawan Ki'.

But while he did a great job at singing the song, there's no beating the maestro at his own game. Points to the groom for a great effort though!

All eyes were on PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz's outfit yet again, and after wearing Elan and Indian designer Abhinav Mishra on the mayun-mehndi weekend, she choose a pink outfit with a delicate floral dupatta from Saira Shakira last night at the event.

Junaid's wife, Ayesha Saif ur Rehman Khan made a glowing and elegant bride once again. She wore a silver-white ensemble with open hair and minimal accessories. We suspect her outfit is from Bunto Kazmi but there's no confirmation on that just yet.

The wedding guests included many politicians close to the Sharif family.

Junaid and Ayesha's wedding is (finally) nearing its close. Their rukhsati is to be held tonight in Islamabad (December 14) while the wedding reception will be held in Lahore on December 17. But if we base our assumptions on how their wedding has gone so far, there are probably a few more events lined up.


Realistic Dec 14, 2021 01:28pm
who cares?
NYS Dec 14, 2021 01:46pm
Low and behold Junaid is belted with all desperate lyrics the whole event is in full swing no respite,Maryam hooked with all time lehngas even Junaid was in less characteristics brand sartorial
khan Dec 14, 2021 01:56pm
Nani ka noorani shakal daikh k langta nahi k itni purani hay.
Dr Salaria Ahmed Part II Dec 14, 2021 02:08pm
Tax payers money cried for sure.
Zahid Dec 14, 2021 02:37pm
@khan all thanks to the advancement and countless options available for riches for skin rejuvenation and face uplifting. Why do you think the poor ages and the rich doesn’t?
Sid Master Dec 14, 2021 02:40pm
@Realistic I care
AAA Dec 14, 2021 02:58pm
RFA for sure, but Junaid is stud, guy got many qualities, so does his voice :).
Shahid Mahmood Dec 14, 2021 03:08pm
When Nawaz Sharif wedded, they were more like commoners. He sat there in a tent pandal with pedestal fans around him and the surroundings were more like any other wedding arrangements. I must say, the family has become super-rich in this period.
A Khan Dec 14, 2021 03:24pm
Stop glorifying the corrupt
khanman Dec 14, 2021 04:06pm
Rich people and their life, while I having 18 years of education 16 years of expereince , puts car in neutral gear on inclined road to safe the fuel :), how can they serve the country without knowing what its people are facing everyday. by the way on 47 KM stretch i manged to drive 3km with neutral. save me 66km in 22 days. well what i mean there are ways of optimization in every area. All we need is brain and thinking. Which i beleive the so called manager aka politicians doesnt have. but no worries , there will be a day
M. Saeed Awan Dec 14, 2021 04:40pm
Mubarak. Love to see they have still likeness for Music.
Zak Dec 14, 2021 04:58pm
Disgusting. They should be in jail having the wedding there
Tadka Dec 14, 2021 05:10pm
one thing i always notice in these events is the over cakeup makeup of ladies which spoils their natural looks
return Dec 14, 2021 05:28pm
Do whatever you want to do, but at least return back the looted money so that others can also celebrate their weddings!!
Farooq Jawed Dec 14, 2021 05:38pm
He surely can belt them out. All the best to the newly wedded couple.
Jahan Ara Dec 14, 2021 05:42pm
Why so much glorification? They have looted our hard earned money and we can’t stop praising them. Illiteracy and ignorance is responsible for this behaviour. They can’t stop celebrating in the most lavish way. People are pleased due to their ignorance that their idols are enjoying an extravagant life style on their money.
Commentman Dec 14, 2021 06:45pm
He can sing his way to PMship.
Observer Dec 14, 2021 07:00pm
Let them enjoy their wedding
Raheel Dec 14, 2021 07:17pm
Please spend Pakistani tax money wisely
NACParis Dec 14, 2021 07:33pm
Maryam, the makeup queen, looks more glamourous than the bride.
N_Saq Dec 14, 2021 07:35pm
This is the problem with Pakistanis, they idolizes the corrupt and the criminals. If this happened in the US, people would have shut the Sharif’s out specially the media but I guess in Pak the saying goes “crime always pays” instead of “crime never pays”.
AHAQ Dec 14, 2021 07:50pm
Sharif family mantra - Enjoy while it lasts
FH Dec 14, 2021 08:00pm
Do Pakistanis realize this extravaganza is being paid from their tax money the Nawaz Sharif family has looted and laundered over the years.... they have no regrets, no shame.
nk Dec 14, 2021 08:02pm
In this another elite wedding extravagant splurge and shame comes together. What are they trying to convey to the society.
HASMUKH PATEL Dec 14, 2021 08:36pm
Khalida Husain Dec 15, 2021 04:25am
@Shahid Mahmood , then he didn’t have Pakistani people’s money.
Jigen Dec 15, 2021 08:03am
The stomachs of the poor and hungry people in Pakistan sang the loudest and greatest
Jadoon Dec 15, 2021 08:55am
He sings well. He should be a qawal, he has no qualification to be our future prime minister which family is desperately promoting.
T-man Dec 15, 2021 10:21pm
How many poor could have been fed with the money that were waisted on showoff. Shame on politicians who cry for poor but sleep and eat in gold.