Rocker Salman Ahmad penning song for flood victims

Pakistani rock artist and ‘Junoon’ band member Salman Ahmad is penning a new song to raise funds for the country’s flood disaster.

Khwab – the Urdu word for dream – is due to be ready in a couple of weeks’ time and Ahmad hopes to record it with Pakistani and Western artists.

He said that it was important to let young Pakistanis know the world cared for them in their hour of need.

Ahmad, who has described his music as part of a cultural battle against extremism, said he was concerned that disillusioned young Pakistanis might turn to violence in the future.

Speaking from New York, he said World Service that he realised that people in the West were hesitant about helping.

Appealing for other artists to record with his band, Junoon, he urged his friends in India to join them and “come together for Pakistan”.