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Pak-US Music Video Manzil

ISLAMABAD: US Govt partnered with Cannes-nominated film director-producer Sarmad Khoosat and an all-star cast to produce Manzil, a new song promoting COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots.

The song and video complement the US government’s donation to Pakistan so far of over 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and showcase Pakistan’s challenges and successes responding to COVID-19, encouraging people to get fully vaccinated.

Speaking at the official premiere of the music video, the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy said: “The more everyone is fully vaccinated, to include booster shots, the healthier the entire world is.

“Through the 75 years of our diplomatic relations, the United States has been proud to partner with Pakistan to support public health, and we were thrilled to collaborate with such talented producers, musicians, and actors to create this beautiful musical message to promote COVID-19 vaccination.”

Besides Sarmad Khoosat, the project included writer and journalist Mohammad Hanif as the lyricist, and Shamsher Rana, Varqa Faraid, Nimra Gilani, and Ali Hamdani as producers and composers.

Vocals were provided by internationally renowned singer Atif Aslam and Coke Studio’s Shae Gill.

USAActor and activist Sarwat Gilani played the protagonist in the music video.

Pak US Music Video 1Cannes-nominated film director-producer Sarmad Khoosat.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.