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- Friday, March 19, 2010 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The first poetry collection of young writer Haroon Khan Shinwari has hit the stalls. The book titled “Zama Latoon Zama Janoon” is a combination of Pashto and Urdu poetry and third venture of the author in the field of writing since 1995.


Born in Landikotal town of Khyber Agency to a family of businessmen headed by Haji Akbar Ali and doing masters in International Relations and Pashto literature from the University of Peshawar, Haroon Shinwari started writing poetry after getting impressed with legendary Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari, known as Baba-e-Pashto Ghazal.


He wrote the first prose book in English, An Introduction to Hamza Baba. His second contribution was Urdu translation of a book ‘The plain tales of Afghan border’ written by Sir Edward Bown in 1980 in London.


In the preface to his new 154-page book, the noted writer, poet and broadcaster Laiq Zada Laiq called Haroon Shinwari the real fan and follower of Hamza Baba and said his poetic pieces are the manifestation of this fact. He termed Haroon Shinwari’s Pashto and Urdu poetry as an important contribution towards the literature in the two languages.


In his comments on the book, Dr Masood Zahid lauded Haroon Shinwari’s poetry as the beats of a sensitive heart. “Going through the book one can easily understand how deep the thoughts of the young but energetic author are,” he wrote.


“Haroon has proved his commitment to the service of his mother tongue by producing a quality book despite being busy in performing his duty at a semi-government project and fulfilling many other tasks at a time,” he added.