Prof Abasin receives congratulation from literary circles

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Literary circles and associations from different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Karachi and Afghanistan have congratulated Prof Abasin Yousafzai on his nomination for the Presidential Award of Pride of Performance and have termed his nomination well-deserved and well-placed.

Noted fiction writer, Zaitoon Bano in a statement issued on Saturday has showered accolades of praise on Mr Yousafzai, adding that he had served Pashto and Pakhtuns through his powerful writings. “Prof Abasin Yousafzai is really a great asset for the entire Pakhtun community because he has been providing selfless services to train and guide the young men and women for the last three decades. He deserves the President’s award,” she stated.

Famous Pashto poet and research scholar, Prof Abasin Yousafzai has been nominated for the coveted Presidential Award of Pride of Performance in recognition of his immense contributions in the field of Pashto language and literature. Literary organizations, literati, intellectuals and members of civil society and rights bodies have felicitated Mr Yousafzai on his nomination for the prestigious award to be conferred on him on 23rd March (Pakistan Day) next year.

His popular poetry collections include Ghurzangoonga (1994), Alwat (2005) and Maram (2016) and had the unique distinction of being the bestselling titles in the history of Pashto. Mr Yousafzai has read out research papers in Gulf countries, Iran and Afghanistan and has been regularly appearing on TV and Radio literary shows and enjoys a widespread reputation for his clear vision. He not only actively participates in literary and cultural activities but also supervises and heads several literary and cultural organizations.

He has several poetry, prose and research books to his credit and enjoys large fan following in KP, Balochistan, Afghanistan, and Pakhtun diaspora living across the globe and quite known as a committed poet, writer and intellectual having mastery on various aspects of Pakhtun art , culture and literature. He is a popular voice on radio, famous face on TV and a widely-read word in print media and has good repute for being an unbiased research scholar.

Prof Abasin Yousafzai has done his doctorate thesis titled ‘Pakhtun Hamza: An analytical study on nationality of Hamza Shinwari” from Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar.  In addition, he has contributed numerous features and columns to Pashto and Urdu newspapers and magazines and also has been grooming up budding poets and writers and currently leading Pohantoon Adabi Stori (PAS), a literary body comprising young college and University students.

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