Ayla Musharraf or Ayla Raza is a Pakistani woman best known for being the daughter of a former army chief and the President of Pakistan. Pervez Musharraf, She is the director of the All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC), Karachi.
Ayla Musharraf was born on Wednesday 18 February 1970.age 52 years; by 2022He has been interested in classical music since childhood. He started studying architecture from Dawood Engineering College, Karachi. However, in the late 80s, when Karachi was plagued by student unrest, Ayala shifted to Lahore and enrolled at the National College of Arts (NCA), where she pursued a Bachelor of Architecture. A student at the NCA, she spent her college days attending concerts organized by the All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC) and the Lahore Music Forum. He also learned classical music during his college days. Born in a family of music lovers, she credits her inclination towards music to her maternal grandparents. His grandfather Syed Musharraf used to play the tabla, while his grandmother Zareen Musharraf used to play the harmonium. as well as his father, Pervez Musharraf, is in ghazals, listening to which she grew up. After her marriage, she settled in Karachi, where she met Hayat Ahmed Khan (founder of APMC) at a dance ceremony. During her meeting with Hayat, Ayla proposed the idea of holding a concert in Karachi. She was able to persuade Hayat and in 2004 the first concert was organized by APMC Karachi. Talking about the same in an interview, she said,
Hayat sahib was kind and encouraging. He put me in touch with some classical music enthusiasts in Karachi, and also attended our opening ceremony in the city. ,
parents and siblings
She was born into a Muslim family, also Sayyid, who claimed descent from the Prophet Muhammad. Ayla Musharraf’s father, Pervez Musharraf, is a Pakistani politician and a retired four-star general of the Pakistan Army, best known for leading the Kargil War against India in 1999. He served as the 10th President of Pakistan from 2001 until his resignation in 2008. Ayala’s mother’s name is Sehba Musharraf. His grandfather Syed Musharraf was in the foreign service. Ayla’s younger brother, Bilal MusharrafHe is a Pakistani Actuary (Chartered Accountant) and an educationist.
husband and children
Ayla Musharraf is married to Asim Raza, a Pakistani film and TV commercial director and producer. Before venturing into film production and direction, Asim worked as an architect with the architectural firm Arshad Shahid Abdullah (PVT) Ltd. Ayla Raza met Asim at Dawood Engineering College in Karachi, where both were studying architecture.
They have two daughters Mariam Raza and Zainab Raza. Mariam Raza forayed into the entertainment industry as a director in 2021 with the music video for the song Pyaar Da Meter from Taha Ji. Meanwhile, Zainab Raza styled the cast for the video.
Ayala started her career as an architect. However, she left her job in 2010. Since then, she has been actively working to promote traditional performing arts in Karachi, a non-profit organization, All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC). Earlier she was the General Secretary of APMC. Later, she became a director.
faced life threats from terrorist organizations
In July 2013, Ayala Raza faced death threats in Karachi. Reportedly, intelligence agencies informed the Sindh government that banned terrorist organizations had drafted a plan to target Musharraf’s daughter in Karachi. Her father, who had then returned from four years of self-exile, faced similar threats from the Pakistani Taliban. At the time, he was under house arrest at his palatial farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad. Pervez Musharraf was charged with conspiring to assassinate former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007 and Nawab Akbar Bugti, a nationalist leader from Balochistan province, during a military operation in 2006.
Facts / Trivia
- Ayla Qawwal is also a child/student of the classical music genre Khayal under the tutelage of Ustad Nasir-ud-Din Sami of the Delhi Gharana.
- An advocate of women’s rights, she was a speaker at the 3rd Athena 40 Global Conversation: ‘Women’s Leadership in Times of Crisis’. Women from eight countries participated in this simultaneous online conversation and debated about the role of women as effective leaders in times of crisis, as well as the local challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
- He did a six-month course in the Persian language.
- He is an avid reader and enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction.