A video of students mobilising crowds at the Faiz Festival in Lahore has gone viral on social media since Monday (25 November) in which a young Pakistani woman is seen chanting a poem on freedom.
In the clip, the protestors from Lahore are heard singing "Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai, dekhna hai zor kitna baazuay qaatil mein hai (The desire for revolution is in our heart, let us see how strong are the arms of our executioner)."
The video, which has been tweeted by a journalist, shows students "demanding freedom, freedom to read and freedom to choose their partner" during the fifth Faiz International Festival, which had taken place in Lahore from 15 to 17 November in the run-up to the Student Solidarity March across Pakistan.
Since being posted, the video has over 9 lakh views and drew many tweets
A user tweeted: "From Ram Prasad Bismil's recitation of sarfaroshi ki tamanna, to #AroojAurangzeb's, from Faiz's demand of surkh Asia to Arooj's, - it is so, so heartening to see poetry's capability to shake the establishment - be it the 1920s or 2019."
Another post read, "Be determined and courageous do not loose your aims and nerves. Such words like jacket,elite a/c car , socialist " Mulhid" is a beaten track . Look at Faiz , Hasan Nasir, Tufail Abbas, Ali Yawar,dr Zafar Arif, Dr Adeeb Rizvi and many more."
(With Inputs from IANS)
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