Pakistan’s Top Five Contemporary Political Songs

News flash for the Filthy Rich of Pakistan
December 7, 2010
Dec 23, 2010 – The first ‘official’ day of fog in Lahore
December 24, 2010

Last Friday, (Dec 10), a senior colleague of mine started a hot and passionate discussion on current affairs and religion(during lunch break) – his assertion: Pakistanis lack moral courage to stand up for what’s right and that’s why there is a high incidence of earthquakes, floods and other natural calamities in our part of the world right now. God is angry with us. We keep selecting bad leaders; he feels that a great majority either doesn’t vote or votes in the wrong crowd – he wants a change – for the better... according to him, new leadership should be given a chance - he wants all of us (at work) to vote for Imran Khan – a comparatively ethical political leader. According to him, not standing up for what’s right is killing us as a nation. What do you think? Do you agree with him? By Fareeha Qayoom

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ou might think it strange that I am posting a political song play-list in Muharram. However, it was Muharram 9 and 10 holidays (December 16-17, 2010) that actually made me think about current affairs, politics and music together. The massacre of prophet’s grandson Imam Hussain and his family is a classic tale of good vs. evil in a contemporary political setting. Like all good legends, it is a true story – We might consider ‘standing up for Right no matter what’ a loser’s game in today’s world. We might also lack the moral courage to stand up for what’s right. However, we continue to commemorate the massacre every year without fail since it happened 14 hundred years ago – (no matter which Muslim sect we might belong to – Sunni, Shia or any other).Che khan or Imran Guevara.
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Last Friday, (Dec 10), a senior colleague of mine started a hot and passionate discussion on current affairs and religion(during lunch break) – his assertion: Pakistanis lack moral courage to stand up for what’s right and that’s why there is a high incidence of earthquakes, floods and other natural calamities in our part of the world right now. God is angry with us. We keep selecting bad leaders; he feels that a great majority either doesn’t vote or votes in the wrong crowd – he wants a change – for the better… according to him, new leadership should be given a chance – he wants all of us (at work) to vote for Imran Khan – a comparatively ethical political leader. Its beside the point that Imran Khan has no political experience at leading the nation and might also make major mistakes at our expense.

According to him, not standing up for what’s right is killing us as a nation – What do you think? Do you agree with him?

In the meantime, here is a list of top five political songs to come out of Pakistan…

Laga Rah by Shahzad Roy

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZf6Bkn4VBY

Maray Log by Noori

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eFxR8jSaw

Mori Araj Suno by Tina Sani and Arieb Azhar

(Punjabi Lyrics by Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vknmZU6BTU8

Bol kay lab azad hain by Tina Sani

Lyrics by Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbwcUsWTy_I

Main Ny Us Sy Ye Kaha By Lal Band

Lyrics by Poet Habib Jalib

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF7gd0B7Rc8

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

5 Comments

  1. Plumbing the depths
    Kamran Shafi
    (14 hours ago) Today

    A RECENT visit to England and Europe has convinced me even more that we Pakistanis have missed the bus so very completely. From the time that you arrive at a European airport (despite travelling on the quite frightening green passport), one finds nothing but efficiency and order.

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/21/plumbing-the-depths.html

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  2. ZULFI says:

    No, this is not the reason.

    The only and foremost reason of all our problems is we have forgotten the teachings of QURAN. I have already read Torah and Bible and then I came to know that how much Judaism and Christianity is in our lives. I mean to say in our religious beliefs these concepts has been added in our tafseers of QURAN. ALLAH says in QURAN that if we will not follow the laws(AYAATS) given by him in QURAN, then we have to face AZAAB – hunger and death and this is exactly what I feel in the faces of all people when I come to PAKISTAN. Look what we are presenting to world ISLAM of Taliban. This is not the true ISLAM. The main reason of this is our mullas who thinks that QURAN is only for them to understand and they are the only one who will tell what is right and what is wrong.

    Now if you ask them what is the definition of a Muslim. You will hear different definitions from different FIRQAS (sects) and now they do not call this FIRQA becaus FIRQA is KUFAR in QURAN and now they changed this word as MAKATAB-E-FIQR ( Mean school of thoughts) but they do not know if they take the dress of lie, They will not be right. According to QURAN a Muslim means total submission to the will of GOD by giving our wealth, our lives and our family in the path of ALLAH.

    Now come to the point – why we have problems in PAKISTAN AND What is its solution. QURAN in its first line says RAAB BIL ALMEEN. You know the meaning of RAAB. Raab means the one who provides needs of life to whole humanity but he does that with the help of us. He gave us perfect conditions, sun, earth, air and all our needs comes from this earth. But we have been under extreme pressure of capitalism which is a creation of Judaism in the world. That is why we are beggars in front of these big nations and always look for the aid from them. This is all becoz of capitalism which allows each every person can gather as much money as they can and our mullas also says that after giving 2 1/2 percent from our income then rest income will be tayaab. By this you do not think that I prefer socialism, no socialism is also not the correct system of life that is why Russia had problems.

    Our young generation has to think the way SAHIBA thinks when HAZRAT MUHAMMAD pbuh was there. Our solution is not to have 5 times prayers (that does not mean that we should not prayer 5 times! I do this regularly) pay ZAKAAT not the way we do this right now. ZAKAAT is the system which islamic goverment will imply to make sure that each and every person should get his needs. When every one will think of giving to others for their needs then people will think one way, then there will not be any FIRQA and we will be one UMMAT not nation. I am still saying that if not today if not in 25 years but one day people will know that democracy and capitalism is not the solution for mankind.

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  3. Future unrosy
    Was Partition always going to be violent?
    Pakistan

    Jan 20th 2011 | from PRINT EDITION

    Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. By M.J. Akbar. HarperCollins India; 343 pages; 499 rupees
    Jinnah, patrician and partisan

    WHEN India and Pakistan began, in 1947, they shared many of the same peoples and a legal and administrative history going back five centuries. What explains their subsequent divergence, with India now broadly stable and prosperous and Pakistan crisis-ridden? According to M.J. Akbar, an erudite Indian journalist who is a Muslim, “The idea of India is stronger than the Indian; the idea of Pakistan is weaker than the Pakistani.”

    http://www.economist.com/node/17956711?story_id=17956711&fsrc=rss

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  4. How Karachi survived the earthquake

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    By Azeem Samar
    Karachi

    Panic gripped Karachiites when an earthquake jolted the city and other parts of southwest Pakistan at 1:23am on Wednesday. But they were shocked when they learn that it was a 7.3-magnitude quake that had hit them.

    People thanked God but also wondered why an earthquake whose intensity was not much less than that of the October 8, 2005 earthquake — that registered 7.6 on the Richter scale and caused massive destruction in Azad Kashmir and other northern parts of the country – did not cause any loss of life and property.

    The authorities concerned have the answer. Director-General Pakistan Meteorological Department Arif Mahmood told The News that the epicentre of Wednesday’s major seismic activity was located in Balochistan, 150 kilometres from Kharan district. It was 520 kilometres northwest of Karachi.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=26610&Cat=4&dt=1/20/2011

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  5. ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’ is not dead
    Raza Rumi

    In recent weeks, several commentators have dwelt upon the amorphous notion of ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’, challenging its notional contours and exposing its overt ideological underpinnings. Whilst such a debate is healthy in a democratic society, it becomes a worrying sign in a deeply polarised polity such as Pakistan. Jinnah’s Pakistan was no consensus project: It had several dissenters — from the religious right to the Khudai Khidmatgars in the northwest. Perhaps these problematic foundations led to the capture of the state by a national security paradigm, later bolstered by the Islamist discourse.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/106629/jinnahs-pakistan-is-not-dead/

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