‘Sawa 14 August’ is the sequel of ‘Pawnay 14 August’. The play is about the 66 years of Pakistan history, its current issues and the present political situation. Jinnah, Bhutto and General Zia are the main characters of this play who mull over the past and history is unfolded to the audience. Their conversation is meaningful and enlightens the young generation about their history. Through coolie and the sweeper at Karachi Railway Station the current issues of the country are highlighted. There are some other political characters which make appearance on the stage depict the current political scenario. In this way the present and the past are discussed in the play.

The setting of the play is Karachi Railway Station where 'Tez-gaam' train is delayed as usual. Hajj train has just left leaving behind lot of filth. Coolie and the sweeper were shown playing cards. The sweeper is a Christian and representing minorities in the play. He complained for being unpaid for months. There was also a corrupt railway officer wondering here and there and asking the sweeper to clean toilets.

Soon Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and General Zia-ul-Haq made their appearances. The debates between the two latter personalities revealed some historical facts while the Quaid was shown in pensive look. The sweeper was not allowed to sit on the bench because he was a Christian and the reference of burning Christian colonies allude towards the rights of minorities and the injustice attitude towards them. It became very disquieting when the sweeper said: “Yehan Christian ke ghar ka choolha jalay na jalay magar ghar zaroor jal jaata hai” (Stove of Christian families may burn or not but their houses must burn).

Zia and Bhutto were strong rival and couldn’t bear each other. Zia teased Bhutto many times like when he was reading newspaper the General said: ‘apney damaad ke baarey mein parh rahey ho’ (reading about your son-in-law); the two 'shers' (lions) living in Punjab and Islamabad is called just 'abad' - the Islam apparently dwindles once the sun sets. On an occasion Bhutto appreciated Quaid’s shirts. The Quaid responded to him and promised to bring a shirt for him when he would come next time. He inquired Bhutto his collar size and Zia intervened at once and said:

Bhutto: I love your shirt Jinnah!

Jinnah: I have a lot of shirts like this. I'll bring one for you next time, aapka collar size kiyah hai?

Zia-ul-Haq: Mein butaoun? (Should I tell?)

During the conversation of Bhutto and Jinnah the separation of East Pakistan also came to surface and Jinnah criticised Bhutto for the split between the two sides. “Woh to kabhi Pakistan ka hissa tha hi nahi [East Pakistan was never a part of the country],” Bhutto replied.

As the play moved on, the audience was reminded about their present issue and political scenario in the country. Pathan, waiting for Khyber Mail, was an amazing character. He talked about the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and drone attacks in Balochistan. He was also good poet and read one of his poems.

The entrance of a Sindhi man as a PPP supporter reflects the plight of confused PPP workers who don’t know what their leaders have done for them. The audience also met a courtesan, a member of the MQM, an exultant PML-N leader. There were plenty of 'Mian sahab' jokes directed by the Sindhi to the PML-N leader.

Nothing misses from Anwar Maqsood’s witty and satirical dialogues; may it be politics, fashion or the present obsession of change. There entered a group of females belonged to affluent class and they were chanting slogans in favour of PTI and against the massive rigging in General Elections. The audience snickered when Zia asked the PTI loyalists to wear their dupattas (shawls).

The play was primarily about the two leaders – General Ziaul Haq and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto – who brought major upheavals in the country. Zia talked about Islam and implementing Islamisation but felt disgusted and did not let the Christian to carry his luggage. Similarly, Bhutto who talked about empowering the poor but the audience felt distressed when he said that East Pakistan was not really a part of Pakistan. What was common in both was that the two considered themselves to rulers who had the right vision but both miserably failed at delivering it. Heartrendingly Jinnah stated, “Tum logon nay kabhi logon ki madad nahin kee, siraf apnay leeyay kaam kiya” (You never helped the poor rather always worked for your own). Through Jinnah, Maqsood emulates the pain and helplessness of a nation that has long suffered under self-serving leaders. During the play, the Quaid converse little with General Zia which meant that he didn’t like army meddling in politics; while he told Bhutto that he wept twice; first when East Pakistan was separated and second when he (Bhutto) was hanged.

A young boy came to stage representing the future of Pakistan, promised with Jinnah that after completing his education he would serve the nation and build his house again. This house had double meaning; one was referred to Quaid’s residence in Ziarat which was destroyed by some extremists and secondly it was an allusion to ‘Pakistan’ which is Quaid’s home and for which he toiled day and night. The play ended with Quaid’s message for his nation.

Although the script leant more towards Bhutto than Zia but there was no hero or villain. It was a political satire which gave an account of our history. It highlighted all the major issues which our country is facing like drones attacks, negotiations with the Taliban, Pakistan Peoples Party’s governance, assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti, PIA, railways, and the issues minorities of course. The play was more serious in tone than ‘Pownay 14 August’.

Anwar Maqsood wrote this play and as usual he proved that his pen doesn’t miss any aspect when it writes. In the beginning of the play he came to stage and addressed for a short time to the audience. He said, “I have written this script for the youth of Pakistan who were not born when many of our leaders passed away. I want them to know more about their country's history. I believe in the youth of Pakistan and that is why the whole cast is young.”