“KAB?” (When?)

By Maj (R) Zuha Saeed (12 OTS)

Major Zuha Saeed, Maj

Maj Zuha Saeed

Editor’s Note: Maj Zuha Saeed is from 28 Cavalry. He got early retirement in 1995 and has settled in Islamabad.
He wrote this poem, keeping in mind Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s famous piece, “HUM DEKHAIN GAY..” hence a few words may overlap.
OBVIOUSLY NO COMPARISON with Faiz but the pain and grief is the same, his heart bleeds too.
Please read Zuha;s feelings…………

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  1. Shujah Khurazmi says:

    Insha Allah woh waqt jaldi he aayay ga Sir. Zarurat iss baat ki hai k har koi (bashamool meray) apnay kaam se matlab rkhay, bjaayay criticising others. Allah bless Pakistan and Pakistani Nation : Aameen!

  2. Lt Col (R) Qadeer A Chaudhry, 24 /29 Punjab says:

    Zuha, really a very good thought provoking poem.

  3. excellent poem zuha
    God bless u

  4. Maj (R) Khalid Saeed Shah says:

    Muskraiy gi Kab ye Makhlooq?
    Indeed we lost the touch. Good narration and choice of words. Appreciated with warm love. keep it up.

  5. Brig (R) Khalid Hassan, USA says:

    Good one, Zuha.

  6. Maj (R) Rauf Raja says:

    Inspiring indeed. The day will come InshaALLAH. To make people realize is a first practical step, this is how things progress. Thanks Zuha keep sharing

  7. Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa (6 OTS) says:

    The pain / grief of feeling of Pakistanis is reflected in these verses. Let us see how we respond to “change” on 14 Aug and to “inqilab” on a date to be soon announced!!!!

  8. Air Commodore Naunehal Shah (former AAA) says:

    Brilliant thoughts, lucidly expressed. But in reality the fate of nations do not change with poetry alone. Great poets like Iqbal, Faiz and Habib Jalib have written volumes to awaken this nation – to what effect? And let us not remain in the illusion that any change of faces will bring about change in this nation’s psyche and consciousness – that is where the problem lies. I do not see the spark in the line up who are free from fault and can provide that level of leadership. I sense we are still in the era of Iqbal’s “BENURI” and we may have wait for a real “DEEDAHWAR” to come alive.

    The readers may find the following story interesting:

    “One day a farmer, walking down the street in a small town came across a large stone in the middle of his path. The farmer complained: “Who could be so careless as to leave such a big stone on the road? Why does someone not remove it?” He went away complaining.
    The next day, the same thing happened with a milkman. He too went away grumbling but left the stone as it was.
    Then one day, a student came across the stone. Worried that someone may fall over it and hurt himself, he decided to push it aside. He pushed long and hard all by himself and eventually managed to remove the stone from the path. He came back and noticed a piece of paper where the stone was kept.
    He picked the paper and opened it. Inside was written, “You are the true wealth of this nation.”
    There are two kinds of people
    Talkers and doers.
    Talkers merely talk, while doers do.
    The moral of this story is that if you don’t want to get involved you have no right to criticize. Become the change you wish to see in this world.
    Service to society is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on this earth.”

    • Brid (R) Riaz Ahmed Riaz says:

      I entirely agree. I can not see any spark or vision in the new emerging leaders.

  9. Col (R) Absaar Ahmad Minhas says:

    Good one. When there is realization, that day will also dawn very soon .

  10. Maj (R) Mujib Aftab says:

    Masha Allah. Beautiful verses. Thought provoking.

  11. Maj Gen (Retd) Parvez Akmal (42 PMA) says:

    Dear Zuha,
    Your genuine concern and anguish reflects on the feelings of oppressed the world over; yes indeed, when .. when after all we’ll see the tyrants brought to justice? Beautifully expressed; keep sharing your thoughts.

  12. Maj (R) Shabbir Ahmed, USA says:

    Great lyrics, touching the heart with a thin pointed needle at a place, unable to point out.
    Well done, Zuha Saeed.

  13. Major (R) Arshad (11 OTS) says:

    Dear Maj Zuha,
    Simply fabulous. Well done. It is Qaum ki awaz.

  14. Lt Gen (R) Tahir Qazi says:

    A classic, full of emotions and pain. I think the feelings of all Pakistanis are well represented in this poem. Keep writing.

  15. Maj (R) Badar Islam Butt says:

    CHUMAR (Skin utarnay wala) bhi her waqt Dua mangta aur wish kerta rehta hai, “Ya Allah kisay de Majj murr jaye, tay mein khul laawan”.
    I do believe in prayers and wishing for the positives but Aumel (Acts)….in nul insana illa ma saw aa, (One gets for which he sweats) is the most important part of this recipe. We forget it often. “Khaali madhani rirkun naa Mukhan naee nikal da”. Hence, until unless we individually correct ourself, stop waiting for someone else to come in and solve our problems, this Dua will not be accepted. That day will never come. So lets avail of the opportunity (Burka of Ramadan) and start kicking the evil out of us. Then pray and hope for the best.

    • Lt Col (R) Tahir Parvez Dar (53 PMA) says:

      May I request that Quranic ayas be quoted with utmost care. Please check the Ayya,”LIESSA LIL INSAN E ILLA MA’A SA’A”

  16. Lt Col (R) Qazi Saifullah says:

    Si,r a very good poem that reflects the feelings of many Pakistanis.

  17. Maj Gen (R) Khalid Jaffery says:

    Well done, Zuha. You hid your talents in OTS. I have also forwarded your poem to Col Arshad Malik, Sigs.

  18. Dear Zuha,
    I join you in your dua for “The Pakistan” our eyes long to see and live in our lifetime. In fact we should add this dua when we raise our hands… “Aye Allah! Mujhay Khushaal Pakistan apni aankhoun say dekhna naseeb farma”. Aameen.
    Zuha! a sportsman (tennis player coming out from the farther perimeter bushes of Services Club Lahore along with Talha) should never lose hope…time is not our choice….dua sky high is…

    • Maj Zuha Saeed says:

      Walaikum Assalam.
      Nice to hear from you after a very long time, you remind me of my nostalgic past, how time has flown? 3 decades seem to have passed just in a few months..truly, SADDA BADSHAHI ALLAH KI. I FULLY agree with your prayer.

  19. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd), Air Def says:

    Good poem. But remember “sahil sahil kahne say sahil nahi atta” (By calling shore, shore the shore does not come). We all want the shore but when some one speaks for it all make fun out of him.
    Tahir-ul-Qadri is an example. His religious thought may not be agreed too and what is in his mind and how to implement his plan I don’t know but what all he says is correct. We should endorse what all he says. His words against corruption, poverty, price hike, nepotism, inefficient governance, loans, gas, electricity, water, education, etc. can not be denied. His voice along with Imran Khan has already confused and shaken the present Government. Regards

  20. Azam Gill, France says:

    Thank you: a “very powerful poem”.

  21. Very moving and thought provoking poem.

  22. Shaheda Rizvi, Canada says:

    What a poem, what a powerful poet, and what a song. Grief appears to be a gift for you, transformed you and allowed you to embrace your poetic sensibilities.

    To me your reference to daylight is a reference to illumination or Justice, and immediately your verses took a sublime spot for me. Sometimes waiting for Justice is like waiting to see GOD. Illumination and Justice have a few commonalities, that is, they happen just when you least expect. Never give in to despair and please pen another one that knows that light is right behind the darkest day.

  23. Maj (R) Munir Ahmed, 18 FF (2nd SSC) says:

    Wait till 14th August, 2014.

  24. Big? Answer! All around.

  25. Brig (R) Nazir Shams, Air Def (42nd PMA) says:

    Heart touching lyrics.

  26. Brig (R) Shaukat Qadir, FF (42nd PMA) says:

    Yes, Zuha, your pain is visible and I share it.

  27. Editor says:

    Dear Zuha,
    A very good poem. You are a “Chuppa Rustam Poet”. Keep it up.
    I have liked the term “bay-Nawaz”. :)

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