ISLAMABAD: The 34th death anniversary of Hafeez Jalandhri, writer of Pakistan’s national anthem, was observed across the country on Wednesday.
Jalandhri was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India on January 14, 1900. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he migrated to Lahore, Radio Pakistan reported.
He wrote in 1952 the lyrics for `Qaumi Tarana’, the national anthem of Pakistan.
Hafeez Jalandhri actively participated in Pakistan movement and used his writings to propagate the cause of Pakistan.
He also wrote the Kashmiri Anthem, “Watan Hamara Azad Kashmir”.
He wrote many patriotic songs during Indo-Pak War of 1965.
For his literary and patriotic services to Pakistan, Jalandhri was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance by the government.
Jalandhari passed away on December 21, 1982 aged 82.—APP