KPCTA arranges ceremony to observe 26th death anniversary of Pashto philosopher

peshawar  -   The 26th death anniversary of great philosopher and poet of Pashto literature, Ghani Khan was observed at his native town Charsadda on Thursday.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) arranged the ceremony at Ghani Khan Dheri in Charsadda. Poets and writers including Prof Abaseen Yousafzai, historian Prof Dr Waqar Ali Shah, Dr Samiuddin, Dr Tanha, Prof Dr Noorul-Amin, Kulsoom Zaib, Dr Farkhanda Hayat, Iqbal Hussain Afkar, Sheikh Shaukat Hayat, Rokhan Yousfazai, Manager Culture and Information Humayun Khan, Deputy Manager Media and Marketing besides academia, elders from Charsadda and government officials attended the event and paid glowing tributes to Ghani Khan.

Ghani Khan was also known as ‘Lunatic Philosopher’ for his unique style, poetic depth, individuality, diversity and transcending imagination, the matchlessness traits only owned by him.

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Abseen Yousfazai said that Ghani Khan suffered great hardships, including rigorous imprisonment while opposing British imperialism. He said Ghani Khan stood like a rock and used the power of pen to raise awareness among his people about the freedom from the colonial power. He termed Ghani Khan a great literary giant among his contemporaries due to his lofty imagination and creative vision tinged with a carefree nature and deep love for beauty and art.

Prof Dr Waqar Ali Shah, who has written a number of books on Khudai Khidmatgars, politics of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Bacha Khan, said that Ghani Khan was a multifaceted personality. “He was one of the greatest Pashto poets. Ghani Khan’s poetry is loaded with romanticism, nationalism, humanism and a scathing animosity towards the social contract theory,” Dr Waqar added.

According to Dr Waqar, Ghani Khan`s book is still considered as a masterpiece in English language on the psyche, social, cultural and political life of the Pakhtuns. Ghani Khan used simple language, ordinary phrases, but his narration was very powerful while telling the story of his race.

Prof Dr Samiuddin said that Ghani Khan wasn’t only a poet but also a political visionary. He said Ghani Khan was a great source of inspiration for the young generations. He worked for social justice and taught the people the lesson of love, mankind and hatred against injustice and barbaric behaviours.

Prof Dr Ameen Tanha said Ghani Khan was also against the radicalism, and targeted the religious clerics whom he viewed as attempting to exercise social control in the name of religion. It seems as if the only aim of this great poet was to create a new and beautiful world.

Ghani Khan’s book is full of interesting anecdotes and folksongs, shedding light on almost every significant aspect of Pakhtuns life.

After the seminar, a mushaira was organised in which a number of Pashto poets from across the KP participated and paid tributes to Ghani Khan. Famous Pashto classical singers Fayyaz Kheshgi and Moeez-ud-Din sang poems of Ghani Khan to pay tributes to great poet and thinker.