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Published on 29 Oct 2010 | over 6 years ago

Iqbal Bano, the subcontinent's beloved ghazal singer, born in India and trained in the Dilli Gharana by the legendary Ustad Chand Khan, . In the hearts of all who knew and loved her music is the memory of that day: when, in protest against the jailing of the subcontinent's foremost left poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz by Pakistan's dictator General Zia-ul Haq, she sang Faiz's immortal song "Hum Dekhenge" (We shall witness) at a Lahore stadium full of 50,000 people, wearing a black sari in defiance of Zia's ban on the sari. As her liquid voice reached the crescendo -- declaring "Certainly we, too, shall witness that day ... When these high mountains/Of tyranny and oppression turn to fluff and evaporate/And we oppressed/Beneath our feet will this earth shiver, shake and beat/And heads of rulers will be struck/With crackling lightening and thunder roars/When crowns will be flung in the air — and thrones will be overturned ...," people joined with slogans of "Inquilab Zindabad" (Long live revolution!)

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Hum dekhenge
Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge
Woh din ke jis ka waada hai
Jo loh-e-azl pe likha hai
Hum dekhenge

Jab zulm-o-sitam ke koh-e-garaan
Rui ki tarah ud jayenge
Hum mehkumoon ke paun tale
Yeh dharti dhad dhad dhadkagi
Aur ehl-e-hukum ke sar upar
Jab bijli kad kad kadkegi
Hum dekhenge


Jab arz-e-khuda ke Kabe se
Sab but uthwaye jayenge
Hum ahl-e-safa mardood-e-haram
Masnad pe bithaye jayenge
Sab taaj uchale jayenge
Sab takht giraye jayenga
Bas naam rahega Allah ka
Jo ghayab bhi hai hazir bhi
Jo nazir bhi hai manzar bhi
Uthega nalhaq ka naara
Jomain bhi hoon aur tum bhi ho
Aur raaj karegi khalq-e-khuda
Jo main bhi hoon aur tum bhi ho
Hum dekhenge
Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge
Hum dekhenge

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