Aitzaz Ahsan bazaban-i Aitzaz Ahsan

Posted on February 15, 2008
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Aitizaz Ahsan, flaws and all, has become the voice of the moment. The voice of a generation. This voice, which has become my voice and, maybe, yours speaks more passionately in the idiom of poetry than in the idiom of prose. It speaks most passionately in this poem – Kal, Aaj and Kal – that reflects his thoughts on current issues after his recent release.

Listen for yourself. And listen again. It is worth pondering upon. Worth thinking about.

Aik muhazzab quom ko, daikho, khod hum nay badnaam kiya hai

Part II here:

There are so many thoughts, so many lines, so many ideas, so many metaphors here that I would love to comment upon. But poetry is better listened than dissected. So listen, friends. And ponder yourself. Share your thoughts. But even if you choose not to, please, do think.

Note: Thanks to the various readers – 6 and counting – who have alerted me to this.

31 Comments on “Aitzaz Ahsan bazaban-i Aitzaz Ahsan”

  1. Daktar says:
    February 15th, 2008 11:26 pm

    Beautiful words and heartfelt too…. Thanks for putting here.

    I loved the line:

    riyasat ho gi maan kay jaisi,
    har shehri say piyar karey gi
    fouj lagey gi sabb ko achi,
    jab sarhad kay paas rahey gi

    And also:

    Saari duniya par abb ho ga
    saya aik aur aik hi rabb ka
    woh rabb sanjha, woh rabb sacha,
    har mazhab har dharam ka rab hai
    Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Eesai,
    harr insaan paey karam ka rabb hai

  2. Saeed Ahmed says:
    February 16th, 2008 12:05 am

    Very touching.
    I did not know if Aitezaz Sahib is also this good a poet.

    May Allah Bless him and Pakistan.

    Saeed Ahmed

  3. sidhas2000 says:
    February 16th, 2008 1:17 am

    beautiful thought. takes us down the memory lane. events and emotions and dreams put together…. would someone creative (that excludes me) put this with music.

    Similar to ‘Yes we can’ vedio.

    It is good to see Atizaz sahib retelling the dreams that all of us hold dear and near to our heart despite obvious difficulties.

    Kaise aam se baat lagti hai. “jaan o maal o aan ka ahtaram ho”, “adl o insaf ho”, “sukh aur chain ho”, “aazadi ho”, “dar o khof se nijaat milay”. Maamoli baatain hain. Aur hum pakistaniyoon ke leay yehi saab se ziyada ahamiyat ki baatain hain.

  4. sidhas2000 says:
    February 16th, 2008 1:33 am

    yaar dostoon ye mamooli batain mein es leay kah raha hoon ke ye sabaq hum aur aap apnay bachoon ko nahi sikhatain hain bulke we start the lesson from second level that is respecting the property and emotions of people. “kise ke cheez nahi laitay” ya pooch kar laitay hain”. “apni cheezoon ko share karo” etc. Respect for life is thought as something inborn and therefore it does not come into our lesson plan. Hum aur aap jab bacchey thay to hum ko “charind, parind ki zindagi aur rahm ka sabaq diya jata tha”, “logoon se adab, lihaz, dur guzr ka mamla aur akhlaq ka sabaq diya jata tha”

    Sadly, I am changing the lesson plan for my kids after seeing the propensity of violence among us, I have added another lesson “to love and respect human life”.

    What a change in curriculum!!!

  5. dawa-i-dil says:
    February 16th, 2008 4:48 am

    beautiful poetry…..

    He is the iron man..who is facing the all hardships…like a man with M Capital !

    unlike those all who run from pakisatan …like AAPNA members and other hawis parast professionals… ….and then start dancing thier fingers on keyboard….like Cyber patriots.!

  6. Abdul Ghafoor says:
    February 16th, 2008 6:32 am

    I am not going for voting, I don

  7. February 16th, 2008 8:06 am

    Aitzaz Zindabad

  8. Anwar says:
    February 16th, 2008 8:56 am

    Beautiful idealism. May we all (and him) live long enough to see the fulfillment of dreams within our life time. But life is short and climbing out of the abyss perhaps will take for ever…
    Enjoyed his soaking words. Thanks for posting..

  9. MQ says:
    February 16th, 2008 9:08 am

    Great poetry! We need more people like Aitizaz in politics. People who have a bit of idealism, compassion and humanity along with intellect — and men who don’t have to dye their hair to try to look young.

  10. February 16th, 2008 9:29 am

    Wonderful poem! I am wondering if anyone has the text or if Ahsan Saahab has released a facsimile of the poem in his handwriting.

    I second the call for the poem to be set to visuals (a la “yes we can”) and would be even cooler if someone would sing it as well!

  11. Asim says:
    February 16th, 2008 11:34 am

    Wow Aitizaz is Brilliant
    ITS title should be bazaban-i Aitizaz Ahsan Shame on you Perviaz Mushraff

  12. Umar says:
    February 16th, 2008 11:48 am

    I wonder whether The Great (Retired) Jackboot condones the Quislings League’s new electoral alliance with none other than the banned sectarian terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba…

  13. syed sajjad says:
    February 16th, 2008 11:53 am

    Every Pakistani dreams of this day!

    This uncertainty will not last long but successful nations have treaded this path before attaining a status of recognition.

    We have to grow as a nation, not as military, mullas, rich , poor, blackmailers, whiners, hoarders, profiteers or usurpers.

    Beleive in Pakistan and be a Pakistani!

  14. Jamal Ahmed says:
    February 16th, 2008 12:24 pm

    If Allah is given Hidyat he can get hidayatother wise none. Altaf Gohar Chief Editor of Daily Dawn Karchi , while he in prison during Z.A. Bhutto he translate Tafheem ul quran written by (mulana Abul Aala maudoodi) after that he was a different man and he mentioned that ayyame asseri changed his life and thinking. Now same thing here with Aitazaz Hassan and his poetry might be changed his life and could be a potential for Pakistan. May Allah give us taufique for good deeds. Jamal Ahmed

  15. zia m says:
    February 16th, 2008 12:57 pm

    Thought provoking message for not only Pakistanis but also for all humanity.
    Thank you Aitzaz Ahsan

  16. Umar says:
    February 16th, 2008 1:26 pm

    After ghostwriting a dictator’s memoirs, Altaf Gauhar was definitely in need of Hidayat… :)

    Too bad not much of it rubbed off on his son, who continued the family’s illustrious legacy of penning awe-inspiring prose for their masters…

  17. MQ says:
    February 16th, 2008 2:05 pm

    Well said, Umar.

    The son nowadays fills the TV screens —literally — on all the PTV talk shows.

  18. shah nasir says:
    February 16th, 2008 2:40 pm

    khawab sachaa ho, uski taabir ka intizar ba’az dafaa nasloon tuk phail jata hai.
    I am an admirer of Itezaz, his honesty, intellect, dedication and I am not surprised to hear such a thought provoking message for all of us. Let us keep telling and reminding our children of the same.
    May Allah bless you Itezaz.

  19. February 16th, 2008 7:57 pm

    Very beautifully expressed thoughts and meaningful poetry!

    Thanks for sharing.

    May God be with him and help him and people of Pakistan in fulfilling their dreams.

  20. ali raza says:
    February 17th, 2008 4:49 am

    I am still a musharraf supporter. At the same time, I have had great respect for Aitizaz. He is brilliant and charismatic. I had hoped he would have been the prime minister candidate for PPP. Alas, they want to keep the leadership within the feudals.

    I expected a higher quality of poetry. But then Aitizaz is no poet. And emotional diatribes don’t always lend themselves to poem easily. It is to say the least a plebian effort in terms of structure as well as imagery. But I digress. The other disappointment is an insight into his mind where socialism is clearly still alive and kicking. Someone tell him about the failures of communism around the world. And if he is out of touch with that, what else does he not realize.

  21. February 17th, 2008 6:14 am

    Aitzaz Ahsen apki Nazar keri hoon Ahmed faraz kaa shaer:

    Yahi khaa tha meri ankh dekh sakti hay
    tuu mujh pey toot peraa sara Shehr e Nabina

  22. February 17th, 2008 8:40 am

    In support of Aitezaaz eHsan:

    Khaak har Aamir-o-GhaaSib kay QaSeedah KhvaaN par
    Khaak har Aamir-o-Jaabir kay taraf-daar peh Khaak

    baaGhbaaN daal rahaa hai gul-o-gulzaar peh Khaak
    ab bhi chup hooN to mujh par, maeray aSh’aar peh Khaak

    yeh to apnay hi javaanooN kay luhu say tar hai
    maeray saalaar, taeray haath ki talvaar peh Khaak!

    tu nay barbaad ki’yaa arz-e-vatan ko maeri
    Khaak a’ay Aamir-e-dauraaN taeray kirdaar peh Khaak!

    Khaak har Aamir-o-GhaaSib kay QaSeedah KhvaaN par
    Khaak har Aamir-o-Jaabir kay tarafdaar peh Khaak!

    - Dedicated to the sad, shameful, and wilting memory of those tinpot usurper thieves who were, and are (aided by sycophantic worms) allowed to strut in _OUR_ Presidential Palaces, even though what they rightly deserve is a black mark on their faces and a place in front of a firing squad for their open treachery.

    - Poet: (Don’t know. Anyone know whose poem this is?)

  23. February 17th, 2008 10:56 am

    I found (by pure chance) this youtube video which answered my question above. The verses above are by Dr. Jamal Qadri. Inspired by a couplet written by Ahmed Faraz in summer of 2007, Albany, New York (USA).

    Well worth a read. Enjoy!

  24. February 17th, 2008 1:22 pm

    No doubt very touching words, but please don’t get carried away. When they are out of power they seem to change dramatically, start noticing lawlessness, poverty and the despair and ugliness of their surroundings .He may be a very different person from the company he keeps, but we must remember he was part of the problem. In their Heydays his party had plundered the country as if they were not from us but invaders with a purpose to decimate the economy. They along with PML(N) did not govern responsibly and are the major reason for where we are today.

    Abid, Toronto

  25. Umar says:
    February 17th, 2008 9:42 pm

    Bad governance on part of the PPP and PML-N, or their noticing bad governance and lawlessness when not in power, is no justification for Martial Law… they could have governed wonderfully well but the Jackboots would have invaded Islamabad sooner or later… PPP 2 (1998-1990) did not fall because of corruption, but BB’s refusal to cooperate with the brass hats on the Khalistan issue… PML-N 1 fell because of NS getting too big for his shoes, as far as the Establishment, personified by GIK, was concerned… and PML-N 2 (1997-1999) was dismissed because of NS’s decision to call back the troops from Kargil once he discovered the extent of Musharraf’s shenanigans…

    In the immortal words of an anonymous General in Christina Lamb’s “Waiting for Allah”, “We are just letting the children play for a little while”…

  26. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    April 10th, 2008 12:07 pm


    This was her’s

    Khalistan was only one of the issues among 9 major
    problemetics coming from BB,
    5 were major financial frauds, corruption, money laundering in /outside the country
    3 were security risk including external agencies,
    1 was denouncing rather
    surrendering Khalistan to India,
    4 other denouncing & sabotaging international aid programs for Pakistan, related to UNO, USA and EU
    3 other similar cases related to Arab Emirates
    1 with Saudis , but they refuted her and threatened her !

    kahan tak suno gay, kahan tak sunaon !!
    Noor jehan Merhooma

  27. May 14th, 2008 6:11 pm

    its nice
    oh iffi

  28. Mudasser says:
    June 9th, 2008 9:05 am

    Blessed are we.. for people like Aitizaz Ahsan are still amongst us to lead us.

    Zulm phir zulm hay barhta hay to mit jaata hay

    Hum zulm mitanay niklay hain
    Aao hamaray saath chalo!

  29. Aaishah Abu Bakr says:
    March 16th, 2009 6:52 am

    If anybody knows that poem -full- called zaalim dar k bhag raha he, adal k iwwaanon me asli muc=nsif phir ayenge……plz share. I love that poem but kind find it

  30. samra33 says:
    September 14th, 2009 9:29 am

    aoa its very mice i like that now its time to save pakistan from such evils pakistani utho apni quom ka lia laro quaid_e_azam ki enanat hai isa sambhal ka rakho sudharo or sudhro
    Aitazaz ahsan gi did very exellent job. We have to follow him

  31. November 8th, 2009 10:14 am

    wonderful. once i heard aitzaz ahsan on ptv here in india and one felt hope is the only way to go.

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