Pak sar zameen: A promise
If one were to imagine our dear state as a living being, how battered, bruised, over worked, and tired it must be. Yet, it continues to bear us with patience, solemnity, generosity and extreme compassion. If my dear state were to sing in such circumstances, it would be a mix of pathos and love and sadness, hopefully embalmed with hope.
I was surprised when all these feelings above were beautifully captured, arranged and played by one Asif Sinan in his interpretation of Pakistan’s National Anthem. Used to the usual marching band formats of the anthem on TV, cinemas or public places, I never thought that ‘real’ emotions also lay embedded in our national anthem.
My national anthem always revved me up, made me stand up in deference and goaded me to strike down my enemies. However, as I heard Asif Sinan’s version, I heard my country weep a little, sing a little and assure me it will always be steadfast.
I played Asif Sinan’s version again and thought to myself of God’s grace on us and how this land was created with the unwavering passion and commitment of so many.
I thought of how the impossible was made possible, and it was only fitting that such a tender national anthem, played by such a young artist who has apparently devoted his entire life to music, should make me fall in love with my country all over again.
My simple commitment to you my dear Pakistan is this – I will try and love you the way you love me.
Thank you Mr Sinan for making me renew my vows and sharing the good news with the world!
Happy Independence Day everyone!
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