ISPR tribute to peshawars lost children will move you to tears

As children began returning to schools across Pakistan weeks after the siege of Peshawar’s Army Public School, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a poignant musical tribute to commemorate the 131 children slain last month in the horrific attack.

With a young child’s voice lending melody to the lyrics, the song which was released on Monday conveys a message from a slain child to extremists in response to the massacre. The message is one of conviction and resilience; that the children cannot be frightened anymore.

The main verse of the song is also packed with emotion:

Main aisi qoum se hoon jis kay woh bachon se darta hai … Bara dushman bana phirta hai jo bachon se larta hai

I am from a nation whose children frighten him… Some enemy he is, he who targets child

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Complete lyrics and translation

Bata kia puchta hai woh, kitabon mein miloon ga mein

What is he searching for, I live on in books

Kiye maa se hain jo maine kiye waadon mein miloon ga mein

I will be found in the promises I made to my mother

Main aaney wala kal hoon woh mujhe kyun aaj marey gaa

I am the future, how can he slay me today?

Ye uska vehem hoga kay woh aisey khwaab marey ga

He has to be delusional if he believes he can kill such dreams

Tumhara khoon hoon na isliye acha lara hoon mein

I am your blood, hence I’ve fought valiantly

Bata aya hoon dushman ko kay us se to bara hoon mein

I have proven to the enemy that I am greater than him

Main aisi qoum se hoon jiske woh bachon se darta hai

I am from a nation whose children frighten him

Bara dushman bana phirta hai jo bachon se larta hai

Some enemy he is, he who targets children

To jab atey hue mujhko galey tumne lagaya tha

So when you hugged me as I departed

Amanallah kahan mujhko mera beta bulaya tha

You did not call me Amanallah, my son

Khuda kay amn ki raah mein kahan se agaya tha woh

How did he cross into God’s path of peace

Jahan tum choomti theen maa wahan tak agaya tha woh

He came as far as the spot where you used to kiss me, mother

Main aisi qoum se hoon jiske woh bachon se darta hai

I am from a nation whose children frighten him

Bara dushman bana phirta hai jo bachon se larta hai

Some enemy he is, he who targets children

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