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Benazir Bhutto: Mein Baghi Hoon – I am a rebel

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Benazir bhutto recited Dr. Khalid Javed Jan’s poem when she returned to Pakistan in 1986 when over a million people welcomed her in Lahore. The poem was written during General Zia’s tyranical rule. This particular clip is from the book launching ceremony of Mein Baghi Hoon in 1992 which I vividly remember as a child. The way she recites this poem just brought tears to my eyes. Hail to Geo TV who presented it from the pages of Past in a very beautiful manner!

As a child, I have grown up respecting the flag of the PPP as the flag of resistance. Despite my serious reservations against ZAB and BB, I have immense respect for the sacrifices these two individuals have made for democracy. (Ammar Ali Jan)

main baghi hoon

is daur k rasm riwajon se,
in takhton se inn tajon se,
jo zulm ki kokh se jante hain,
insani khoon se palte hain,
jo nafrat ki bunyadain hain
aur khooni khet ki khadein hain,
main baghi hoon main baghi hoon
jo chahe mujh pe zulm karo

wo jin k hont ki jambish se,
wo jin ki aankh ki larzish se,
qanoon badalte rehte hain,
aur mujhrim palte rehte hain,
in choroon k sardaron se
insaaf k pahre daron se
main baghi hoon main baghi hoon
jo chahe mujh pe zulm karo

mazhab k jo byopari hain,
wo sab se bari bemari hain,
wo jin k siwa sab kafir hain,
jo deen ka harf-e-akhir hain,
in jhute aur makkaron se
mazhab k thekedaron se
main baghi hoon main baghi hoon
jo chahe mujh pe zulm karo

mere hath main haq ka jhanda hai,
mere sir pe zulm ka phanda hai,
main marne se kab darti hoon,
main moat ki khatir zinda hoon,
mere khoon ka suraj chamke ga
to bacha bacha bole ga
main baghi hoon, main baghi hoon
jo chahe mujh pe zulm karo

Also read:

Shaheryar Ali: Patti Smith’s Tribute to Benazir Bhutto

Habib Jalib: Benazir Bhutto – Darte hain bandooqon walay….

A poem for Benazir Bhutto – and some comments by ordinary Pakistanis

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