A friend reminded me today of this powerful song by one of my favorite Pakistani bands, Junoon (yeah call me old fashioned but I am still their fan). Salman, Ali and Brian have since then split ways but they are still capable of rocking arenas filled with thousands with their sufi-rock songs. That guitar rhytm, that heavy bass, and Ali's voice fills the air with vibrance. Their music is so modern, and yet strikes the chord so traditional, almost mystical. To me this song is a powerful rejuvenator of that passionate patriotic feeling deep inside – the jazba and the junoon that defines what it means to 'belong' to a nation.
Next time you listen to this, just close your eyes and feel the passion. You will love the feeling. I just did – it felt like I was back in school in the 80's when I proudly wore multiple flag-pins on my chest, decorated the house, carried a flag and sang national songs on Indepence day (Yom-e-Azadi).