As a way to pay homage to the martyrs of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for sacrificing their lives in defence of the country during the Indo-Pak War in 1965, on 7 September every year, a contingent of PAF present guard of honour at the tomb of late fighter pilot Rashid Minhas— while the rest of us, celebrate Youm-e-Fizaya in our own special way.
Actor Adnan Siddiqui took to Instagram yesterday to commemorate "the real heroes of our skies," and posted a video of himself playing the flute to the tune of Noor Jahan's famous song 'Ae Watan Ke Sajeele Jawaano'.
In the post, Siddiqui says, "Our men in blues—fearless, gallant, invincible—are the real heroes of our skies. Their indomitable spirit, unyielding devotion towards Pakistan and gritty resolve to guard this beautiful country, inspires patriotic fervour in us every day. They tell us that there is no glory, no pride greater than the nation."
He continues, "As a tribute to these magnanimous superheroes on Youm-e-Fizaya, a very small gesture from me—flute rendition of the very moving Ae Watan Ke Sajeele Jawaano by Mallika-e-Tarannum Noorjehan. I get goosebumps every time I listen to this song, and playing it was equally overwhelming."
He dedicated the song to the the 'lionhearts' (Sherdils), thanking them for their service to the country.
Written by late Jamiluddin and famously sung by Noor Jehan, the song Ae Watan Ke Sajeele Jawaano is an old classic political song that was used as a morale booster for the young soldiers in the 1965 War.