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Published on Oct 29, 2010
Iqbal Bano, the subcontinent's beloved ghazal singer, born in India and trained in the Dilli Gharana by the legendary Ustad Chand Khan, . In the hearts of all who knew and loved her music is the memory of that day: when, in protest against the jailing of the subcontinent's foremost left poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz by Pakistan's dictator General Zia-ul Haq, she sang Faiz's immortal song "Hum Dekhenge" (We shall witness) at a Lahore stadium full of 50,000 people, wearing a black sari in defiance of Zia's ban on the sari. As her liquid voice reached the crescendo -- declaring "Certainly we, too, shall witness that day ... When these high mountains/Of tyranny and oppression turn to fluff and evaporate/And we oppressed/Beneath our feet will this earth shiver, shake and beat/And heads of rulers will be struck/With crackling lightening and thunder roars/When crowns will be flung in the air — and thrones will be overturned ...," people joined with slogans of "Inquilab Zindabad" (Long live revolution!)
Hum dekhenge Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge Woh din ke jis ka waada hai Jo loh-e-azl pe likha hai Hum dekhenge
Jab zulm-o-sitam ke koh-e-garaan Rui ki tarah ud jayenge Hum mehkumoon ke paun tale Yeh dharti dhad dhad dhadkagi Aur ehl-e-hukum ke sar upar Jab bijli kad kad kadkegi Hum dekhenge
Jab arz-e-khuda ke Kabe se Sab but uthwaye jayenge Hum ahl-e-safa mardood-e-haram Masnad pe bithaye jayenge Sab taaj uchale jayenge Sab takht giraye jayenga Bas naam rahega Allah ka Jo ghayab bhi hai hazir bhi Jo nazir bhi hai manzar bhi Uthega nalhaq ka naara Jomain bhi hoon aur tum bhi ho Aur raaj karegi khalq-e-khuda Jo main bhi hoon aur tum bhi ho Hum dekhenge Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge Hum dekhenge