Pakistan Elections 2008: Poetic Politics

Posted on March 26, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Mushaira, Humor, People, Poetry
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Adil Najam

Our repost of our ATP Mushaira post on Anwar Masood prompted reader Shahran Asim to send us this newer audio recording of Anwar Masood commenting on elections in Pakistan. I thought it was not only hilarious but also pertinent; and certainly worth sharing. Thanks, Shahran.

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My favorites here is how he starts just with “theek hai!” and the following (especially his use of “burpa” here):

Taraqee iss qadr burpa hoee hai
kissi soorat koi ghatta nahiN hai
bass itni si paraishani hai Anwar
election sarr pe hai atta nahiN hai

Take a listen. Enjoy.

22 Comments on “Pakistan Elections 2008: Poetic Politics”

  1. AZHAR says:
    March 26th, 2008 4:39 pm

    This is really very funny. Specially the one about Roshan Khiyali.

  2. Hammad says:
    March 26th, 2008 5:47 pm

    nice and great .. quite worthy to be shared..

  3. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    March 26th, 2008 6:40 pm

    @ Lutf agaya saheb, kia bat hay

  4. KK says:
    March 27th, 2008 2:32 am

    Such a pleasant surprise to listen to this. Great that we have the capacity to laugh at ourselves. If only the commenters at ATP could also learn to take themselves a little less seriously :-)

  5. Qandeel says:
    March 27th, 2008 8:14 am

    Hahaha brilliant! This encapsulates a very special kind of “pakistaniat” that I’ve missed and helps sweeten the cynicism.

  6. March 27th, 2008 12:46 pm

    great thing from great man :)

  7. jk says:
    March 27th, 2008 12:51 pm

    Absolutely wonderful :D.

    I remember one of his stories of how he memorized his times tables when he was in school. He made a song about them but he could only remember it when he sang out loud so he had to sing out the times tables in class while fooling his teacher in to thinking that the workers outside were the ones singing :D

  8. Laeeq says:
    March 28th, 2008 5:55 pm

    Shairi sach bolti hai!

    Great political commentary in the poetry. Better than most analysts.

    I also loved the “Theek hai” line and how he says it too!!!!

  9. zia m says:
    March 28th, 2008 7:10 pm

    Very funny with truthiness!

  10. bebo n says:
    April 18th, 2008 7:19 am

    I noticed that Khalid Masood was there among the poets but can’t find his recital. Anyone got it?

  11. Shahid Mahmood Ch. says:
    June 18th, 2008 7:39 am

    Anwar Masood

    …. aap apna taaaruf hawa bahar ki hay

  12. Naim Akhtar says:
    September 4th, 2008 8:51 pm

    Excellent needless to say.

  13. Shahid says:
    September 17th, 2008 8:40 pm

    he is just too good seen few videos on youtube and recently on TV

  14. humera says:
    September 21st, 2008 12:21 pm

    ebtda-e-elactian hay rota hay kea
    Agge agge dekh hota hay kea.

  15. Fraz says:
    September 26th, 2008 3:58 pm

    Great poet ….. People like him are worth giving every respect in their lives …… !!!!!

  16. mazhar butt says:
    December 13th, 2008 10:13 am
  17. June 21st, 2009 3:20 am

    I like his poetry but dont like his way of reading the poetry!

  18. August 7th, 2009 3:02 pm

    He is pure punjabi thats why he is reading like this….punjabi rung hai..apna style hai…copy nai hai…and that is the good thing

  19. August 18th, 2009 11:44 pm

    Anwar Masood is considered one of the legend poet in punjabi funny poetry. There are hundreds of fan in Pakistan who love Him so much and want to listen him again and again. We want to read more from Anwar masood collection please upload more poetry…………

  20. Ali Gilani says:
    September 13th, 2009 6:28 pm

    He’s undoubtedly the best poet alive! May Allah bless him with Umar-e-Khizri! I just love him and want him around! Always!

    I saw an interview of his once! Naeem bujhari asked him about the time whe he was poor! All he said was:

    “Maine kahin parha ke Ghalib ko aam bohat pasand thay, phir kahin parha ke Iqbal ko bhi aam bohat pasand thay! To socha ke main bhi shayar hun mujhe kyun nahi pasand! To usdin sabit hua ke maine kabhi aam chakha hi nahi kyunke aam to mehnga phal hai!

    Khuda Nigehban!

  21. Saadi Klasson says:
    December 22nd, 2009 3:20 am

    Mr. Masood is really a great poet, our young generation is not interested in serious poetry or Urdu Literature, but every one wants to read and also wants to listen Mr. Masood again and again.

  22. Sheeraz Munir says:
    May 9th, 2011 11:54 pm

    What a wonderful site for Pakistanis specially who are overseas, salam to Adil Bhai for such a nice work, I wonder how he can manage all this despite of his busy work schedule, I remember he was our Senior in ICB and was a very prominent student. The best ICBIAN ICB has ever produced

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