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Speakers seek reconstruction of Ghani Khan complex

Speakers seek reconstruction of Ghani Khan complex

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a function demanded of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to reconstruct Ghani Khan cultural complex in district Charsadda.

The function was organised by Pohantoon Adabi Stori, a literary organisation, at Khan-i-Farhang Iran here on Tuesday to mark 20th death anniversary of renowned Pashto poet Ghani Khan.

The speakers said that Ghani Derai, a cultural complex, was built in district Charsadda in 2002 to pay a tribute to Ghani Khan but after some time the structure fell down and rebuilt twice but still it was in deplorable condition.

The participants of the function through a resolution urged the government to rebuild Ghani Derai so that it could be made functional for literary and cultural events.

Another event was organised at Bacha Khan Markaz to pay tribute to Ghani Khan. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, ANP central general secretary, was chief guest on the occasion. Noted poet Rahmat Shah Sail, Dr Israr and others addressed the gathering and termed Ghani Khan a poet of beauty and love.

They said that Ghani Khan used his talent for three things -- revolution, resistance and reform.

Quami Watan Party leader and poet Hasham Babar while presiding over the event pointed out that unfortunately poets and artistes were not being patronised and their works remained unsung. He said that Ghani Khan was a multifaceted personality and advocated humanism, peace, love and pluralism in his writings.

“Ghani Khan had deep study of both eastern and western philosophies and beautifully blended them into his scheme of thought. His poetry carries a distinct message for Pakhtuns. We need a different kind of lens to see through and understand his poetry and personality,” said Mr Babar.

Safoora Arbab, a research scholar, praised Ghani Khan as poet of substance and distinct expression. She said that Ghani Khan wanted to decolonise minds of his people but at the same he was very critical to obsolete customs in Pakhtun society.

She said that Sufi thoughts were sprinkled through poetry of Ghani Khan. “If on one hand he questions British laws to control minds of his people, on the other side he condemns rigid Pakhtun customs. His art and poetry stand for a social change,” said Ms Arbab.

Prof Yar Mohammad Maghmoom Khattak in his key note address said that Ghani Khan had many uses of his poetry. He said three poets -- Hamza Baba, Ajmal Khattak and Ghani Khan -- cast deep impact on generations of poets and intellectuals. He said that the trio had their own school of thoughts yet had one thing common, which was to reform and change Pakhtun society.

“I don’t believe that Ghani Khan was a Sufi. He was a genius in his own. Tagore’s poetry did influence his art and poetry. He used various poetic tools -- satire, homour and personification -- to convey his message to the readers,” said Mr Khattak.

Chief of Pohantoon Adabi Stori, Prof Abaseen Yousufzai said that Ghani Khan was not only a master of images but also a social reformer. He used symbols and metaphors to reach out to hearts and minds of his people, he added.

Mashal Khan, the grandson of Ghani Khan, Zahoor Jan, Prof Aseer Mangal, Habib Nasir, Ilyas Thalwaal, Shaukat Swati, Irfan Khalil and Iqbal Shakir paid poetic tributes to the poet-philosopher.

Published in Dawn, March 16th, 2016

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