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February 19, 2011

Poetic sessions welcoming peace in Kurram conclude

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February 19, 2011

PARACHINAR: The three-day poetry recital sessions (mushairas) held in an open venue in the lap of the snow-capped Spinghar mountain range to celebrate return of peace in Kurram Agency has concluded.
At the mushaira, local poets recited poems to highlight the critical situation that prevailed in the area and hailed efforts for restoration of peace and reopening of the main Parachinar-Thall road.
The poetry recital sessions were organised by the literary society, Spinghar Adabi Tolana, to welcome the recent peace agreement reached between the Shia and Sunni communities and re-opening of the roads in Kurram Agency after a closure for four years. The organisers of the event including Yousaf Khan, Sher Alam Noori and Aziz Khamosh representing a group of literati in the area, said more such events would be arranged to promote peace and harmony in Kurram Agency.
Addressing the concluding session of the mushaira, Kurram Agency’s Political Agent Syed Musadiq Shah and Assistant Political Agent Muhammad Fakharuddin said not only the poets but also every individual must play a role for peace in Fata.
They urged the tribal elders from both Sunni and Shia communities to use their influence to jointly work for the cause of peace in the interest of the residents who suffered a lot for the last few years due to violence.
The Political Agent said the roads had been re-opened in Kurram Agency after the peace agreement and now the government was striving hard to further consolidate the hard won peace. He added in this connection peace talks were regularly held with the local elders from both the communities to sort out further issues like repatriation of the displaced persons.
The mushaira was attended by a large number of poets. They included Khayal Shah Khayal, Arif Jan, Noor Ghulam Noori, Sultan Ali Sahar, Jalal Hussain Bangash, Mehdi Karobi, Yousaf Maranj and Dilfagar Turi.
The local elders including Prof Jamil Kazmi, senior journalist Ali Afzal Afzal and

Syed Zahid Ali Shah paid glowing tributes to the poets for promoting peace in the area. Meanwhile, talking to reporters the poets urged the US to stop killing innocent people in Pakistan. “America is using all its cards to save the life of Raymond Davis, who is a killer of two innocent Pakistanis. But there is no sympathy for those killed in the name of war on terror in the tribal areas,” one of the poets said.

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