Strings, one of Pakistan’s first pop-rock bands, announced their split in a post on Instagram as they ‘graciously concluded’ the beloved Dhaani band.

Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, founding members of Strings, revealed the disbandment on Thursday, evoking paramount ‘heartbreak’ as unsuspecting fans from both Pakistan and India scrambled to make sense of the news.

The Tribune, one of North India’s oldest newspapers, regarded the move as ‘heartbreaking’ while Mumbai’s Free Press Journal delineated the ’emotional farewell’ that followed.

NDTV outlined Strings’ collaboration with Indian band Euphoria for the track “Jeet Lo Dil“, the official song for the India-Pakistan cricket series in 2004.

“Strings you’ll be missed,” said Slumdog Millionare’s Ankur Tewari.

Kunaal Majgaonkar believes that Strings’ “riffs whitewashed borders.”

Strings was initially formed in 1988 by four college students, Bilal Maqsood, Faisal Kapadia, Rafiq Wazir Ali, and Kareem Bashir Bhoy. The band’s greatest hits include Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar, Dhaani and Duur.

“While the band technically may not be together anymore, both of us share an inseparable bond that will connect us no matter where life takes us,” the band said.


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