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Mirza-Sahiban – another folk legend
8 May, 2006, 2:59 pm
Filed under: general, Pakistan

Mirza-Sahiban is another love legend from the land of Sohni-Mahiwal, Sassi Panu and Shree-Farhaad:

Mirza and Sahiban who were cousins and childhood playmates, fell in love with each other. But when Sahiban was about to be forcibly married to Tahar Khan by her parents, without any hesitation she sent a taunting message to Mirza, whom she loved…This is the time to protect your self-respect and love, keep your promises and sacrifice your life for truth, she asked Mirza.

Mirza who was a young man, made Sahiba sit on his horse and rode away. But on the way, as he lies under the shade of a tree to rest for few moments, the people who were following them with swords caught them.

…the brothers attack Mirza and killed him. Sahiban took a sword and slaughtered herself.

Countless folk songs of Punjab narrate the love tale of Sassi and Punnu. Women sing these songs with great emotion and feeling, as though they are paying homage to Sassi.

and yet:

The mausoleum of Miraza-Sahiban, in depilated condition, is located in Donanabad Union Council in Jaranwal. Local men do not let their women visit the mausoleum fearing they might follow the footsteps of Mirza.

Sahadat Ali Kharal, a resident, told Daily Times that their forefathers believed that the “dirt cemetery of Mirza-Sahiban” should be demolished because many women would become immoral. Qasoo Kharal, another resident, said the memory of Mirza and Sahiban must be erased.

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Hmmmmmmmm……….., time and again we come back to square one, How open are we to embrace new thoughts on old idealogy? Well the thought to ponder is can the mullahs hold back the progression of women? I for one think not, but answer the question above and you have the answer to what needs to be done with the mausoleum.

Comment by Afzaal

what else do u expect from a guy named QASOO KHARAL

Comment by Maria

lol!

Comment by ayesha

In a world so strife torn as ours, legends such as these will obviously be ignored and monuments commemorating them will bite the dust. Sad but true.

Comment by IMeMy

thats really sad.. m damn interested in teh story.. and would love to visit the donanbad smetime soon…would look forward on any more tory or info of the legend oat this space

Comment by mahim

thats really sad.. m damn interested in the story.. and would love to visit the donanbad smetime soon…would look forward on any more tory or info of the legend oat this space

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