INSAAF DA KAAL (انصاف دا کال)

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This song is about the hardworking honest Pakistanis who want equal protection and application of law as given in Pakistan’s Constitution.

The theme of the song is mentioned in a frame where Article 25 of 1973 Constitution of Pakistan is quoted before the lyrics begin: “All citizens are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of law”

Interestingly the song shows the Goddess of Justice being blind. The concept is then used to point out how the application of law is discriminatory. 

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The visuals used in the song are portrayed as opinion of majority of ordinary Pakistanis who lament how the rich and the powerful managed to get technical justice. 

The visuals used in the song are a cry against the elite capture of state resources. The frames show the contradictions of life of the poor and the rich in different visuals. These extreme contradictions are highlighted in rhetorical questions about law being blind to elite capture of state resources. 

The main character in the song is wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. It is left to viewers imagination what image the ordinary Pakistani wants to project and relate to the main character in its symbolism. 

The producer and director, Arshad Sharif, said the main purpose of the song is to see judicial reforms in the country whereby all Pakistanis get equal protection of law and enforcement of their fundamental rights by the state. 

The poet, RAY MEEM, would like to remain anonymous. However, the poet is the guy next door, the ordinary Pakistani who is crying out loud when he sees an ordinary Pakistani being punished while the rich and powerful get away even with murder. The similes used about watchdogs in the poetry have rich historical and cultural background. 

The singer, Usman Raees, put his heart and soul in composing the music and singing the song.  His vocals being out the depth of the poetry and the pains and anguish felt by ordinary Pakistanis. 

The song had critical input and efforts of Adeel Rana, Ali Usman and Awais Ahmed for visualisation, camera, recordings and editing. 

The song is a socio political commentary recording a particular moment of struggle for rule of law and equality before law in Pakistan. 

Do you know of any cases of injustice in your vicinity? Please share your experiences in comments. 

Following are the lyrics with translation: 

بند اکھاں قانون دی ایتھے

The law is blind…

چور لٹیرے پان دھمال

Thieves and dacoits are dancing

غریب وچارے پوکھے مر گئے

The poor are dying of starvation

لچے سارے مال و مال

The corrupt are getting richer

رشوت رشتے داری چلدی

Kinship and bribery are the norm

ذات برادری پارٹی چلدی

Tribal and party affiliations are the key

حق میرٹ دا مُل نہ کوئی

Merit is nowhere to be found

نوکر شاہی ستی ہوئی

The bureaucracy is asleep 

جہیڑی اکھ نے نظر سی رکھنی

The one who was supposed to be the watchdog

اوسی اکھ چے سور دا بال

The same watchdog is compromised

اللہ دے ناں ملک بنایا

This country was made in the name of Allah

کی کرتا ایس ملک دا حال

What have you done to this country

کیوں نہیں سب انسان برابر

Why everyone is not equal before law

کیوں ہیگا انصاف دا کال

Why injustice prevails?

قبضہ ہو جائے او نہیں چھٹ دا

It’s difficult to get land freed from land grabbers

جھگڑا پے جائے،او نہیں مکدا

No quarrel comes to an end 

قتل کرو نئی پھانسی لگدی

People even get away with murder

حرام کھاؤ نہیں کھانسی لگدی

People are not scared of doing corruption

ٹیکس نہ دیو،کوئی نہیں پچھدا

No one goes after tax evaders

پیسے الا کدی نہیں چکدا

The rich always get away

وکیل دی جا ایتھے جج کرا لو

Instead of a lawyer, hire a judge

ظالم جا مظلوم پھڑا لو

Instead of the guilty, catch the innocent ones

شہد شراب چے فرق نہ کوئی

There is no difference between honey and drinks

کتی رل گئی چوراں نال

The guard is in league with thieves

اللہ دے ناں ملک بنایا

This country was made in the name of Allah

کی کرتا ایس ملک دا حال

What have you done to this country

کیوں نئی سب انسان برابر

Why everyone is not equal before law

کیوں ہیگا انصاف دا کال

Why injustice prevails?

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SINGER: USMAN RAEES

LYRICS: RAY MEEM

VIDEO DIRECTOR: ALI USMAN

DOP: AWAIS AHMAD 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: ADEEL RAJA

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY: ARSHAD SHARIF