Debate over Hindu writing Pak's 1st anthem continues
Islamabad, Sep 27 (PTI) A lively debate over Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah commissioning an Urdu-knowing Hindu to write the country's first national anthem has erupted both in the real and virtual world after a write-up on the issue in a daily.
Long before Hafeez Jullundhri's Persianised lyrics were adopted as the national anthem in 1950s, Pakistan had an anthem written by Jagannath Azad, son of Lahore-based renowned poet Tilok Chand Mahroom. Azad was commissioned by Jinnah to write the anthem three days before the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
Azad's lyrics "Ae sarzameene paak/Zarray teray haen aaj sitaaron se taabnaak/ Roshan hai kehkashaan se kaheen aaj teri khaak/Ae sarzameene paak" (Oh land of Pakistan, the stars themselves illuminate each particle of yours/rainbows brighten your very dust) ? were replaced barely six months after Jinnah's death in September 1948.