Icon of resilience: RAC pays tributes to Sipahi Maqbool Hussain



RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on the directions of Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayyazul Hassan Chohan presented a stage play based on the true story of Sipahi Maqbool Hussain to pay tribute to hero of Pakistan who spent 40 years in Indian prison.

The play was written and directed by Naheed Manzoor and Riaz Siddique and Yar Muhammad were assistant directors of the play. Punjab Assembly member Farah Agha was chief guest flanked by Khubaib Foundation Vice President Fareeda Aapa and RAC Director Waqar Ahmed.

The caste of the play was Anjum Malik, Yar Muhammad, Sapna Shah, Saleem Afandi, Javed Ali Sajan, Naeem Bubba, Saleem Bila and others. Speaking on the occasion, MPA Farah Agha said that it was a true story of Sipahi Maqbool Hussain which created patriotism.

In the first week of September, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan also directed the Alhamra Arts Centre (AAC) in Lahore to prepare a theatre drama on the life of Sipahi Maqbool Hussain to pay tribute to his patriotism for this country.

The story narrates true story of the Pakistani soldier who was injured and taken prisoner by the Indian Army during the 1965 war and spent 40 years in Indian jails. He was released as a civilian prisoner in 2005.

During his imprisonment, Maqbool Hussain was subjected to terrible human rights abuses. The drama pays tribute to the late soldier as an icon of resilience and steadfastness. Maqbool Hussain passed away on August 28, 2018.