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LAHORE: Pakistan’s leading music artist, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, has released a musical tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war on the occasion of Defense Day. The nationalistic melody, titled “Khuda Raakhay”, aims at igniting feelings of patriotism and fond remembrance for the immortal martyrs who gave their lives in defense of their homeland in the 1965 war.

The official music video for the track is a visual tribute to the Pakistani Hero; the resilient Pakistani, who has demonstrated unparalleled courage in the face of insurmountable odds in all arenas, be it in the stadium or on the battlefield.

Featuring a montage of memorable moments from Pakistan’s history and footage of the country’s scenic vistas, the video acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice that the nation’s heroes made for their country.

The track was composed and vocalised by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, with lyrics by Haider Khursheed and recorded and mixed at RFAK Studio.

Speaking about the new anthem, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said,

“My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters in the armed forces who dedicate their entire lives to the defense of our homeland, so that the rest of us may sleep safer at night. The 1965 war is testament to the unwavering resolve of the Pakistani armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their countrymen. As the next generation of Pakistanis it is our mandate to keep their memories alive, so that their heroism are never forgotten. Khuda Raakhay is just a humble tribute to the memory of our martyrs, who may not be with us today but will always be immortal in our hearts and minds.”

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Zahir Sep 07, 2013 06:03pm

It is touching to hear this tribute by Rahat Fateh Ali, to the martyrs of 1965, which means personnel from all of the armed forces ,however the accompanying video shows only Pakistan Army soldiers, a passing shot or two of an Air force Plane and nothing at all about Pakistan Navy. To top it all the ultimate disregard for Pak Air force and Navy, by the "Caption" A tribute to Pakistan Army.

amir Sep 07, 2013 09:03pm

Amazing tribute by RFK...God bless our heroes and Our Nation, Pakistan will last till the last day Inshallah

Raghav Sep 07, 2013 10:41pm

The same guy earns his livelihood by singing in India. Perhaps the best way for him to pay the tribute could be to stop working in the country against who the soldiers fought for.

Mr Singh Sep 08, 2013 12:32am

don't come to India for money

Bilal Sep 08, 2013 12:37pm

I have got a request to Dawn and all other e media and news channels.

Can you run talk shows, songs, contest, quotes very day on NationAlisum on your media. You can use innovative techniques to convey your message of love, peace and NationAlisum. Don't run the songs only on Independence Day or Pak airforce day. National anthem need to run every day as this is the only thing which is currently missing from our young youth.

I hope someone will look into it before its too late.