Karachi/Jaipur: India-born legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan was on Thursday put on a ventilator at a private clinic in Pakistan's Sindh provincial capital Karachi after he collapsed due to respiratory problems.

84-year-old Hassan has been ill for the last few years due to a serious lung condition that has led to complications and breathing problems.

"He is still in the ICU and doctors are looking after him round the clock. All we can do now is pray for him and hope Allah gives him life," said Hassan's son, Asif Mehdi himself a singer.

The legendary singer, who was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village in Rajasthan in 1927 and the voice behind evergreen ghazals like Ab Ke Bichade and Patta Patta Boota Boota, had recently lost his voice due to his illness.

Asif said the doctors after analysing his condition put the ailing singer on a a ventilator. They conducted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans and blood tests of the veteran singer.

Doctors said Hassan is suffering from chest and urine infection.

"He had trouble in breathing (on Tuesday). We immediately rushed him to the hospital. He is in ICU but there is no positive response from the doctors about his condition," Arif said.

Hassan, who has been suffering from lung problems for the past twelve years, was on Tuesday night rushed to Karachi's Agha Khan hospital's ICU section.

Asif said that his father had been in very poor health for the last two years and the family had been feeding him through the tube because of his illness.

"We have been feeding him through tube for the past two years and for the past one month, he has even lost his voice, which mesmerized millions of his fans," he added.

Rajasthan govt extends help

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government on Friday offered to bear all medical expenses of the ailing legend.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot enquired about the health of Hassan and offered help in his treatment in India, officials said.
Gehlot spoke to Hassan's son Asif Mehdi over telephone and said the state government will bear the expense of the singer's treatment, they said.
He also apprised Union MOS for External Affairs E Ahamed of the discussion and directed Rajasthan Chief Secretary to remain in touch with the officials of the Ministry.