We were shocked to know that unfortunately the Dilkash Lahore Advisory Committee has proposed the Model Town Morre Underpass should be named after Faiz Ahmed Faiz. We, the residents of Model Town and other areas strongly object to this attempt. We want to state few facts from history for the kind perusal of the authorities:

Faiz was awarded a sentence of four years and sent to Montgomery Central Jail (MCJ). His sentence was commuted on 2nd April 1955 only after the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan. Soon after this, Faiz departed for London and returned to Pakistan in 1958.

It is quite clear that Faiz’s stay in Model Town, Lahore spans over a few years. The above mentioned historical facts depict that Faiz was a casual visitor to Pakistan. On the contrary, Abul Asar Hafeez Jallundhary was permanent resident of 43-44 G Block, Model Town Lahore since 1928 till his death in 1982: Jallundhary’s house was the second to be built in Model Town since inception of Model Town Society. He also built a mosque in G-block Model Town. He wrote the National Anthem which is sung by 18 crore population of Pakistan. Very few people know that Jallundhary also wrote the National Anthem of Azad Kashmir. The Government of Pakistan conferred Hilal-e-Imtiaz on Hafeez Jallundhary during his life in recognition of his national contributions and patriotism. Jallundhary earned the famous appellation of Shaer-e-Islam among the masses. The loyalty of Hafeez Jallundhary to Pakistan is beyond any shadow of doubt. On the contrary, the loyalty of Faiz Ahmed Faiz to the Russian Government is also very obvious from the history of Pakistan. Therefore it is the strong recommendation and a unanimous voice of the people of Model Town and other areas that the Model Town Morre underpass in Lahore should be rightly named after Abul Asar Hafeez Jallundhary instead of Faiz Ahmed Faiz to ensure justice. In future no monument in Pakistan should be named after persons who ever worked against the integrity of our motherland. Before embarking upon such undertaking, the history should always be reviewed.


Lahore, November 26.