|Waqar Zaka Quick Info
|5 ft 9 in
|Date of Birth
|July 17, 1993
Waqar Zaka is a Pakistani VJ, TV host, social media personality, and social activist who first came into the spotlight for his work as a VJ on several Pakistani music-related TV programs. He later became popular for creating and/or hosting reality TV shows such as Living on the Edge: Sabse Himmat Wala Kon?, XPOSED, King of Street Magic, Desi Kudiyan, The Cricket Challenge, and Champions With Waqar Zaka. In April 2019, he had announced that he was starting a political movement called Tehreek-e-Tech in Pakistan.
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Waqar had graduated from Bai Virbaiji Soparivala (B.V.S.) Parsi High School, a private school in Karachi, Pakistan, and had completed a pre-engineering course from Adamjee Govt. Science College, also in Karachi.
He had then graduated with a civil engineering degree from NED University of Engineering and Technology, a public university in Karachi.
VJ, TV Host, Social Media Personality, Social Activist
- Father – Zaka-ud-Din (Entrepreneur specializing in the Telecom Sector)
- Mother – Samia Yaseem
- Siblings – He has 3 younger sisters.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Pakistani Punjabi descent on his father’s side and Kashmiri descent on his mother’s side.
- Toned physique
- Ever-changing hairstyle
- Often sports a trimmed beard
- Affable smile
Waqar Zaka Facts
- Belonging to a Pakistani family, Waqar was born in Tehran, Iran, as his father was working with the United Nations in Iran at that time.
- He first earned fame in Pakistan after releasing a song titled Nahi Parha Meine Poora Saal (I didn’t study all year). He was still in school at that time and the song became an anthem of sorts for students and teens.
- Waqar had once contested the National Assembly (lower house of Pakistani Parliament) elections from the Karachi NA-253 constituency. His campaign, built around the platform of prioritizing access to entertainment and the entertainment for the youth, was a dismal disaster though as he could secure a meager 31 votes out of the more than 210k votes that were cast. He later claimed that his only intention was to show the youth of Pakistan how to campaign for an election and become a part of the democratic process.
- In November 2018, he had been briefly arrested in Karachi on charges of possession of alcohol. He later clarified that he was charged with possession of sheesha, not alcohol.
- His reality TV show, Champions with Waqar Zaka, was banned by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), in January 2020, as the show was considered offensive towards the ‘social, religious, and cultural values of the country’. 3 months later, the Islamabad High Court had upheld PEMRA‘s ban. After the suspension, he had started hosting a late-night YouTube program titled Headphone Show.
- A few months ago, in May 2019, he had apologized after allegations were made that a previous reality show of his, Living on the Edge: Sabse Himmat Wala Kon?, was a poor influence on the minds of Pakistan’s youngsters.
Featured Image by Waqar Zaka / Instagram