ISLAMABAD - To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence, officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came together yesterday to pay a heartfelt musical tribute to the homeland.

The officers re-recorded the iconic milli naghma (national song) penned by Kaleem Usmani and sung by Mehdi Hassan, “Yeh Watan tumhara hai (this is your homeland).”

This famous milli naghma was chosen for its powerful message that reminds all Pakistanis to treasure and protect the homeland that was created through the independence struggle by our forefathers led by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and with the blood of the martyrs in its soil.

“We are reminded of our duty to our homeland, to its skies and to its waters, with discipline and dedication – to rise to our responsibility as guardians of this country. It has a powerful message for the youth of Pakistan to cherish their identity and remember that it is their hard work and determination that will take this country forward,” explained a foreign ministry statement.

It added: “True to the spirit of the song calling on the people to rise to the occasion and recognize their duty as guardians of our homeland, the officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs perform their duties conscientiously as the first line of defence for Pakistan.”

The video showcased the life and work within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its various locations, its iconic buildings, the officers’ daily work routine in the Ministry, official meetings, scenic views from the Foreign Service Hostels and last but not the least, officers undergoing training in the Foreign Service Academy.  This song was recorded and filmed in collaboration with Pakistan Television, Radio Pakistan and renowned singer and composer Owais Niazi.  Pakistanis across the world celebrated the diamond jubilee of independence yesterday and paid tribute to the founding fathers who laid uncountable sacrifices to achieve freedom.