In February 1985, Bano performed Faiz’s ghazal ‘Hum Dekheingey’ (We will see) at Al Humra Theatre on Mall road in Lahore. In that moment, she became an icon of dissent. This was because the poetic works of Faiz had been banned by the military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq due to his close association with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Faiz Ahmed Faiz had served as the cultural ambassador during Bhutto’s era. Iqbal Bano’s performances became an act of defiance and through her music she fought against the government ban. The performance roused a crowd of 50,000 people who chimed in with the verses: “Jab takht giraye jayeingey, jab taj uchaaley jaeyingey, hum dekheingey” (when the rulers will be forced down from their thrones, their crowns will be thrown in the air, we will witness it.) While others chanted,“Inquilaab Zindabaad”(Long live revolution).