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Khuda zameen se gaya nahin – A must watch

I know I am very late. Wanted to write this post for quite some time but was distracted by other urgent and non-urgent businesses.

Yet, it is never too late. Here is my recommendation for a must watch TV drama serial (in case it escaped your attention).

As Taliban militants in Pakistan wage war on the state and the army goes on the offensive against the militants in Swat and Waziristan, a drama serial on Pakistani TV is urging citizens to understand the true nature of the militancy. The producers of the 16-part serial are portraying the conflict in terms of good versus evil: how a resolute nation and the valiant armed forces take on the militants to win back their freedom and land.

Here is the link to the official website:
http://www.pakzameen.pk/index.html

I believe some of its episodes are available on youtube and also on various websites hosting TV talkshows.

Written by renowned writer Asghar Nadeem Syed, the serial has been directed by a young director Kashif Nisar.

Rich with the feelings of nationalism, sacrifice, valour and fighting spirit, the serial highlights sequences that have been shot on the calligraphic locations of Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Jhelum, Islamabad and the Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP) Province. Instead of using artificial sets, new constructions have been undertaken to meet the demand of the serial.

Another striking aspect of this drama is that artists from all over Pakistan have performed in the play. The cast includes artists like Nauman Ijaz, Ayesha Khan, Ayub Khoso, Syed Jibran, Sara Chaudhry, Tipu among several others.

These artists, in a novel way, depict real life situations which have been missing in conventional drama serials while Nauman Ijaz is appearing as Pashtun youth for the first time in his acting career.

Khaista Gul (Ayub Khoso) is one of the main protagonists in this drama, who turbo charges the terror machine. One of two brothers, who go their separate ways after their father’s death, Khaista takes the warpath in his mission to snatch rights, which he professes have been denied at the expense of the privileged. He turns into a demagogue, who uses religion to not just wean away people but also harness a long line of suicide bombers to achieve his ends. (His character will remind us of living devils, e.g., Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Munawar Hassan, Fazlur-Rehman, Sami-ul-Haq, Rafi Usmani etc)

The serial focuses on the exploitation of youth by militants concerting them into suicide bombers while it also depicts the agony of destruction of human psyche and relationships in the wake of rampant terrorism in the country in a realistic manner.

The title track of the drama has been presented by the renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan whereas the credit for earnest music goes to eminent music director Sahir Ali Bagga.

It is a wonderful song with great lyrics (written by a young poet, Ali Raza):

Khuda zameen se gaya nahin hay

Hay surkh mosam, ghata nahin hay
Ghutan bohat hay, hawa nahin hay
Ghani hain ratain, diya nahin hay
Yeh asmaan bhi naya nahin hay

Na khof khao, na sir jhukao
Utho kay zulmat bala nahin hay
Khuda zameen se gaya nahin hay

Jahan kay ho woh jahaan becha
Zameen ko hi asmaan becha
Bhanwar main ho, badbaan becha
YaqeeN main tha jo, gumaan becha

Naqad hatheli pay jaan rakh kay
Wohi phir apna makaan becha
Milay jo aisa sila nahin hay
Khuda zameen se gaya nahin hay

Zameen kay balon mein khaak dekho
Ujar gaya sab, yeh raakh dekho
Bikhar gaya hay jo khwab dekho
Hay har taraf ab sarab dekho

Lahoo hay aankhon mein ab ragon ka
Tamasha ghar ka khud aap dekho
Koi bhi ab baa-wafa naheen hay
Khuda zameen se gaya naheen hay

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  • Pakistan army turns to war movies to counter jihad

    By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – After a night of fighting off a Taliban attack on his remote outpost, the Pakistani soldier lies wounded, with one of the attackers crawling on top of him. He grabs the assailant by the neck, but cannot prevent him from firing seven shots into his chest.

    The death of the soldier is the climax of “Glorious Resolve,” one of several slickly produced, action-packed films produced by the army to rally Pakistanis against Islamist extremists and counter their propaganda videos.
    Aired on private and public TV stations, the films are described as re-enactments of real clashes in the military campaign in northwest Pakistan, which began in earnest in 2009.

    “The basic purpose is to highlight the true stories of those valiant heroes of Pakistan,” said Brigadier Azmat Ali, executive producer of the series. “And also to let the people know what kind of atrocities they had come across and ultimately how we are guarding against further extremism that is coming on to us.”

    Although more than 2,000 soldiers have been killed in the fighting in the South Waziristan tribal region, some critics say the army is still not doing enough. However, that campaign and others has been praised by the United States, which is fighting a related insurgency just across the frontier in Afghanistan.

    The 20-minute film begins with an insurgent giving a pep talk to his men around a campfire as they prepare to attack the outpost.

    He speaks in Urdu, using phrases similar to those on the militants’ videos: “This unholy army has taken over our land, has made checkpoints on our roads and is frisking our women. “It fights for the white man, it fights for dollars. We don’t want peace, we need the blessing of Allah.”

    The attack is then shown in blistering close-up.
    The insurgents fire rockets, then slowly advance. Blood from a slain insurgent splatters the camera lens.
    “We are extremely outnumbered,” a Pakistani officer shouts into a radio. “God willing we will not let anybody get away. We will make you proud, sir.”

    The film attempts to subtly undercut the appeal to religion by suggesting the insurgent chief is in it for money. As his men die under a hail of army bullets, he is shown on the phone demanding “more dollars” from his paymaster.

    The battle ends with the army killing some insurgents and repelling the rest.

    Another film reinforces the mercenary element and suggests the insurgency is a foreign import. It features a militant speaking to someone apparently outside Pakistan who is paying him to produce suicide bombers.
    Officers and politicians often hint at an “Indian hand” in the insurgency, though no evidence has ever been produced that Hindu-majority India, Pakistan’s arch-foe, is funding violence. Most independent analysts think it unlikely, especially given the Islamist militants’ history of attacks on Indian targets.

    Opinion polls by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center suggest about two-thirds of the populace disapproves of the Taliban and other extremist groups, but only about half support the army action against militants in the northwest.

    It is harder for the Pakistani government to sell a war on insurgents who, while extreme, are still fellow Muslim Pakistanis. Islamist politicians who share much of the anti-American rhetoric and conservative beliefs rarely criticize the Taliban and other extremists, saying peace deals are the answer, not military offensives. They insist the militancy roiling the country would end if the American army would leave Afghanistan.

    The army has ruled Pakistan directly or indirectly for much of the country’s existence, and the media rarely criticize it or expose alleged corruption or brutality. A civilian-led government is now in power, but the generals still control defense and foreign policy.

    The army’s image is in competition with the militants’ own propaganda on the Internet and DVDs sold in markets in the northwest. These feature real footage of attacks on army patrols, destruction inflicted by military operations and exhortations to jihad.

    Last year, footage emerged of men in Pakistani army uniforms gunning down unarmed prisoners in Swat, a northwest region where the army staged a widely praised offensive against the Taliban. The footage was largely ignored by local media but is viewable on the Internet. The army has said it is investigating the incident.
    Ratings for “Glorious Resolve” and the other re-enactments shown so far have not been tallied yet. Amjad Bukhari, director of programming for Pakistan Television, said earlier army productions, which included films on its peacekeeping role with the U.N. in Bosnia, were highly popular.

    “It is a good attempt by the army,” said Tauseef Ahmed, professor of journalism at the Federal Urdu University Karachi. “On the one hand, it is a good PR exercise, and on the other it is an attempt to tell people how religious extremism is badly affecting their lives and future.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110214/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_propaganda_wars

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