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Published on 18 Apr 2010 | over 6 years ago

This episode from a Pak TV program superbly highlights Pakistan's identity crisis as a Muslim state in the Subcontinent. The original Pakistani national anthem - commissioned by none other than the country's founder, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah - was written by a Lahore-based Hindu poet, Jagannath Azad. Yet in 1950 Pak Establishment replaced it with an anthem by Hafeez Jullundhri simply because of resentment against the Hindu religious affiliation of the poet. It is instructive to note as well that Jagannath's anthem was in Urdu/Hindustani - a language intelligible to most Pakistanis - while Hafeez chose little understood Persian for his composition. The episode was recorded by Dunya TV in 2010 as part of its "Dialogue with History" program.

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