ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 (APP):The 36th death anniversary of the writer of Pakistani National Anthem, Hafeez Jalandhri will be observed on December 21 as people will remember his literary and patriotic services.Jalandhri was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India on January 14, 1900.
After the independence of Pakistan in 1947Jalandhri migrated to Lahore.
From 1922 to 1929, Jalandhri remained the editor of a few monthly magazines
namely, Nonehal, Hazar Dastaan, Teehzeeb-e-Niswan, and Makhzin while his
first collection of poems Nagma-e-Zar was published in 1935.
Famous for writing the lyrics for `Qaumi Tarana’, the national
anthem of Pakistan, which he wrote in 1952, Jalandhri actively
participated in Pakistan Movement and used his writings to propagate
for the cause of Pakistan. In early 1948, he joined the forces for the
freedom of Kashmir and got wounded. Jalandhri wrote the Kashmiri
Anthem, “Watan Hamara Azad Kashmir”. He wrote many patriotic songs
during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
His work of poetry, Shahnam-e-Islam, gave him incredible fame which
is a record of the glorious history of Islam in verse. He wrote the national
anthem of Pakistan composed by Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla also known as
Ahmed G Chagla. He was termed to be unique in Urdu poetry for the enchanting
melody of his voice, rhythms of his songs and lyrics.
Most of his poetry deals with romantic, religious, patriotic and
natural themes. He selected his themes, melodies and images from the
subcontinent while his language is a fine blend of Hindi and Urdu
diction that truly reflect the composite culture of South Asia.
For his literary and patriotic services to Pakistan, Jalandhri
was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance by the
Government of Pakistan. Jalandhari passed away on December 21, 1982
at the age of 82 years.
His contributions will forever be remembered by the country and
its citizens.