Launch of a collection of Pashtun poetry

PESHAWAR: The director of the Center for Pakistan Studies, Professor Fakhrul Islam, released his first book of Pashtun poetry titled “Da Meeny La Hewaada” (from the world of love), which was launched at an event that was held here on Friday. The book launch ceremony was hosted under the auspices of the Pohantoon Adabi Stori (PAS), an academic literary organization at Khyber union Hall at Islamia College University. Scholars, students, teachers and fans attended the function, a press release said.

Prof. Abaseen Yousafzai chaired the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Abaseen Yousafzai and others called the book a must read as it cherished the poetic landscape of natural beauty around the poet. “The poet has created beautiful images in his book which spans over 171 pages,” said Prof. Abaseen Yousafzai, adding that he also showed his love for his land and people.

Author of nine books and around 75 research articles, Professor Fakhrul Islam has released his first collection of poetry with the goal of inspiring young students to use their own creative force for a social cause. “Pashtun literature has flourished in the region despite an endless war,” Prof. Fakhrul Islam said during a speech at the event. He said young students should revive and promote reading habits to face the challenges of modern times in a rapidly changing geopolitical situation.

“Deep reading helps broaden the vision and scope of understanding,” he added.

Afsar Afghan, a young poet, said that such poetry really motivates and enlightens young readers.

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