PESHAWAR/BAJAUR: Renowned Pashto folk singers paid musical tribute to Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan in a ceremony attended by large numbers of Awami National Party leaders and workers, rights activists and writers.
The function was part of a series of events linked to the death anniversaries of nationalist leaders.
The event was organized under the auspices of Bacha Khan Markaz’s Angaze Production. Gulzar Alam, renowned Pashto folk artist and director of Angaze Production, presented a beautiful poem followed by Karan Khan, Amjad Shahzad, Gohar Jan, Wisal Khial, Tufail Ahmad and Falak Niaz, who sang popular numbers by Ghani Khan, Rahmat Shah Sail and Ajmal Khattak.
Gulzar Alam in his brief opening remarks said that the main purpose of the event was to remember and praise the contributions of Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan and also to trigger a sense of ownership of thoughts and progressive ideas from both political pillars.
“The function is among several other events that will be held in commemoration of Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan week. Patriotic songs filled with appreciation are presented to the two legendary political visionaries,” Mr. Alam said.
In Bajaur, a ceremony was held on Sunday to mark Bacha Khan week. Speakers on the occasion called on Pakhtuns to sincerely follow the late nationalist leader’s philosophy of non-violence.
The ceremony was hosted by the district chapter of the ANP at the residence of party leader Sheikh Jan Zada in Nawagai. Dozens of ANP leaders and workers from different areas of the district attended the event.
Apart from the PNA activists, a group of tribal elders, poets and writers also attended the ceremony.
ANP leaders, Barrister Saleem Khan, Sheikh Jan Zada, Gul Afzal Khan, Nisar Baz Khan, Maulana Khan Zeb, Noor Khan Durrani and Said Sayed Akbar were among the prominent speakers, who emphasized the philosophy of non- Basha Khan violence.
They said Bacha Khan Week was observed from January 20 to 26 across the province. They said the purpose of the week was to educate people about his philosophy of non-violence and to pay tribute to the political, social and humanitarian services of the great Pakhtun leader.
Posted in Dawn, January 24, 2022