The Rock Mystic, Dr. Salman Ahmad, Demystifies the Fog Over Dil Dil Pakistan

The Unofficial National Anthem of PAKISTAN

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Dil Dil Pakistan, the unofficial national anthem has been written by Shoaib Mansoor (a Pakistani television and film director, writer, producer, lyricist, and musician), and not by Nisar Nasik. Mansoor wrote and composed the song, Dil Dil Pakistan, in 1987. Vocals were rendered by Junaid Jamshed who, at that time was completing his engineering degree. Dr. Salman Ahmad who played guitar and rendered backing vocals was a medical student at King Edward Medical University (KEMU). Mansoor could not give his name to the song at that time as he was a government official in PTV which prevented him from doing so.

Dr.Salman Ahmad set this important & historical record staright while wishing Nisar Nasik; a Rawalpindi-based poet often credited with the lyrics of Dil Dil Pakkistan, for a speedy recovery.

The melodious expression of love penned by Shoaib Mansoor, in Junaid Jamshed’s soft, comforting voice and Rohail Hyatt and Dr. Salman Ahmad’s music came about at a time when patriots were depressed with General Zia’s dictatorship and were dreaming of freedom. Dil Dil Pakistan’s lyrics “in ke siva, jaana kahan?” with the simple melody and percussions of the ‘90s were appealing and addictive.

“I feel quite humbled [by the song’s success],” says Jamshed. “There is an emotional attachment to this song — it is the country’s song. Dil Dil Pakistan is the ultimate example of patriotic love.”

“I became associated with Shoaib Mansoor, Shahzad Hasan, Rohail Hyatt, Nusrat Hussain, Salman Ahmad and Rizwanul Haq through this one song. When this anthem is played in England’s Lord’s cricket ground, you certainly can’t estimate how meaningful it becomes for us as a nation,” late Junaid Jamshed once told.

While Junaid Jamshed left music years ago, he confesses that the song was close to his heart. “I don’t want to associate myself with music anymore, but I certainly cannot disassociate myself with Dil Dil Pakistan.” I was there, about to recite the naat, when it started pouring heavily. The crowd — which consisted of almost 80% Pakistanis — started dispersing. It was then that I started singing this song and they came back and started singing with me.”

Not only was Dil Dil Pakistan number three on the BBC World Service’s world top 10 songs in 2003, it has also been the most popular songs in terms of Pakistan viewers’ choice and sales. EMI-Pakistan’s current General Manager Zeeshan Chaudhry tells us, “This song can easily be claimed as the second national anthem of the country — it is so popular amongst the general public.”