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An image of Iqbal Bano performing for Pakistan Television Network.

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP)

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan
Karachi, Pakistan

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).

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  • Title: An image of Iqbal Bano performing for Pakistan Television Network.
  • Creator: The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP)
  • Location Created: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Physical Dimensions: 3296 × 2500
  • Type: Digital Scan
  • Rights: Copyright © 2019 by Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). All rights reserved . No part of this image may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including copying, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). This image was donated Khawaja Najam Ul Hasan.
  • Depicted Person: Iqbal Bano

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