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Leading Pakistani singers sing a revolution song

Strings Atif Aslamby Mudassar Khan

At a time when Pakistani nation is facing worst energy crisis, joblessness, economic problems and lot of other challenges, a leading band teams up with a top singer and sings an Urdu song that says “Ab Khud Kuch Karna Parega” (Now we will have to do something, ourselves).  Strings and Atif Aslam, have jointly come up with this new song aiming at waking up Pakistani nation.

Directed by Jami, the song’s video has been released that contains thought provoking images from Pakistan’s recent history. Marriott hotel building on fire in Islamabad, policemen beating protesters, traffic policeman taking money as bribe and a bomb blast in Karachi are just few of the images this video shows as a wake up call, saying it’s enough.

The song lyrics go to the extent of saying “Jo Hay Khona Parega” (which means “whatever it takes”) and “Marna Parega, Ab Khud Kuch Karna Parega” (“will have to die, now we’ll have to do something – ourselves!).

Police beating citizens, a female school teacher slapping a young kid, political workers fighting with eachother, lawyers protesting and terrorists attacking Sri Lankan cricket team on a visit to Pakistan, are all scenes that show social problems that this country is facing. By showing these images in a pop song video with lyrics like these, it really creates an impact especially on youth.

Activism

Activism is on the rise in Pakistan, and even among overseas Pakistanis for the past 2-3 years. Generally believed, it all started on 9th March 2007 when the then president sacked sitting Chief Justice of Pakistan (Iftikhar Chaudhary) and a massive movement started all across the country. Many political leaders and top analysts have termed this movement (lawyers movement) unprecedented as people from all walks of life, be it conservatives or liberals, joined the movement and resolved to get chief justice restored to his position. The movement concluded when a long march by the people of Pakistan ultimately forced the government in March 2009 to restore chief justice.

Youth Rising

Pakistani youth is getting activated and young people have started expressing themselves and have started joining rallies, marches and even online protests against injustices, rights violations and corruption. I have seen many youth groups formed in the past 2-3 years including Pakistan Youth Alliance, Pakistan Youth Forum, Pakistan Rising, Pakistan Ka Khuda Hafiz and many more.

Youth Activism in PakistanA youth gathering organized by Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA)

Earlier, Pakistani youth generally used to stay away from politics and were not much into activism. However, these 3 years have seen rising trend of activism among youth. Recently, a new band “Laal” also came up in the music scene and launched a music album based on poetry of Habib Jalib, a revolutionary (and left wing) poet. The band got popularity even though it did not sing romantic songs; songs were based on justice, human rights and criticism against corrupt practices.

Music videos like “Ab Khud Kuch Karna Parega” will also have a strong influence on Pakistani people and more such videos can be expected as well.

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