It is the 23rd of March, also known as Pakistan Day. Historically, the day marks a significant milestone for all Pakistanis when on the 23rd of March, 1940 the Lahore Resolution was passed. It was on this very day that the Muslim League announced at the Minar-e-Pakistan the establishment of an independent country for the Muslims of Hindustan.
Hence, the day is celebrated every year with the armed forces of Pakistan holding a military parade as part of the festivities. I cannot really say much about the patriotism that grows or sleeps in each one of us, but for most of us the excitement lies in the fact that it is a public holiday. While a majority of us patriots catch up on our lost sleep this day, most businesses come up with 23rd March coupons and discount offers to boost their sales and spread a little love here and there in the national spirit, if we may call it that.
Well, allowing my sarcastic self to rest for the day, I do wish everyone a very Happy Pakistan Day! I wish that our country prospers and stays safe forever. May we find good governance and honest leadership, but not only that may be all have the courage to love and respect our country genuinely in the years to come.
Today, I will leave you all with something absolutely Pakistani and a truly original musical treat. It was quite difficult to select only five songs, but I have tried my best to cover my favorite national songs from a gigantic list. While some I have grown up listening to, a few have recently joined the list for being absolutely fantastic. I hope you will enjoy them as much I do!
Junoon Se by Ali Azmat and Samina Ahmed
This song is from the movie Jinnah, which was one of the best movies on Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s life and achievements leading to the creation of Pakistan. Unfortunately, it is also, one of the most underrated movies in this regard, as Pakistani audiences were never really that receptive to it for reasons unknown to me. I, however, love this movie as well as this song to date.
Dil Dil Pakistan by Vital Signs
Talking about patriotic songs, it would be a cardinal sin to miss out Junaid Jamshed (JJ) from Vital Signs. Dil Dil Pakistan is a national song that changed our musical arena by miles and miles when it came out in the 80’s. Even as a kid, I remember how people went crazy after the band and this song. There is nothing I can say that has not been said or celebrated about this song before. Simply put, JJ was one singer who was unbeatable when it came to producing and singing patriotic songs. There was this honesty and passion in his voice, unlike anyone else in the country.
Jazba Junoon by Junoon
Junoon has been my favorite band and Ali Azmat is perhaps the only real rock star of Pakistan with a good voice in the real sense of the word, which is why I had to put this one on my list. Jazba Junoon is a song dedicated to cricket – a sport so passionately loved by Pakistanis as a nation. I remember listening to this back in 1999 during the Cricket World Cup and it still has the same goose bumps effect on Pakistanis when it comes to celebrating cricket. We are struggling to win yet another ICC World Cup since 1992, but this song is going strong still in the heart of every single Pakistani.
O Meray Yaar by Jawwad Ahmad
Since we are celebrating Pakistan Day, I wanted to include one song dedicated to our armed forces and this song by Jawwad Ahmad has that little extra something unlike the zillion of songs that give a tribute to our soldiers. I love the lyrics and the video both and I hope you will too.
Aye Rah-e-Haq Ke Shaheedo – Coke Studio version
Last but not least, here’s something new and extremely old. This song is the finest song dedicated to our brave soldiers back in the days originally sung by Naseem Begum, but I am sharing the Coke Studio season 9 version launched last year, because it is simply so bloody good! No one can NOT love this!!!