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February 19, 2014

Seminar speakers pay glowing tributes to Hamza Shinwari

February 19, 2014

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar to remember famous Pashto mystic poet, intellectual, critic, drama and fiction writer Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari, called for following the message of the legendary poet to overcome the present day challenges.
The best way to get the nation out of prevailing crisis is to follow his message of peace, love and fraternity, which is evident from his writings, they said while addressing the function to mark 20th death anniversary of Hamza Shinwari.
Prof Rajwali Shah Khattak said Hamza Shinwari was a multifaceted personality and it was difficult to specify the fields he excelled in like poetry, philosophy, art and culture. He earned the title of Baba-e-Pashto Ghazal and Baba is a title very few people deserve in the Pakhtun society. But at the same time he excelled in other genres of Pashto literature including drama and fiction writing and prose as well besides philosophy, he said.
Recalling his close association with Hamza, he said the Baba himself was an academy and many youngsters benefited from his treasury of knowledge. Shehzad Bangash, secretary Planning and Development, Fata Secretariat, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said the best recipe to get rid of the crisis Pakhtuns are faced with is to study and follow Hamza Baba’s poetry.
“Hamza Baba advocated peace, love and service of the humanity and his writings are like torch in dark and ignorance,” he said. He added that Fata Secretariat would support such programmes and assured to renovate of the Hamza Baba tomb and library.
Member Provincial Assembly Fazle Elahi and Khan Muhammad, regional chief of Center of Excellence for Rural Development (CERD), also paid tributes to the legendary poet and said people like Hamza Baba were born once in centuries.
They said the anniversary function was actually a gathering to pray for peace as today the major problem Pakhtun were faced with was bad law and order and militancy, which had destroyed the culture,

economy and values of Pakhtuns.
They said the not only Pakistanis, but the whole world has realised that bringing peace to the region was a must for prosperity. “We have to spread Baba’s message of love, brotherhood and humanity to steer the nation out of crises that we are confronted with today,” they added.
Earlier, poets from different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata paid tributes to Hamza Baba. Poets, who recited their poetry included Abaseen Yousafzai, Prof Aseer Mangal, Ansar Khilji, Kalim Shinwari, Islam Ghani Orakzai, Ilyas Tallwal, Iqbal Shakir, Ikramullah Andaleeb, Waseem Shinwari, Nadir Shah Nadir, Miss Zakia, Fayaz Shadab, Dad Muhammad Dilsoz, Haroon Shinwari and Manzar Shinwari.
Syed Tahir Bukhari, who presided over the event, also shed light on the life, writings and contribution of Hamza Baba for Pashto language and literature. Haroon Shinwari said Baba’s death anniversary had been observed regularly for the last 15 years. He thanked the participants and vowed to work for spreading the message of Hamza Baba. Hamza Baba Adabi Society Peshawar and CERD had organised the programme.

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