ANP condoles with bereaved family of senior Pashto writer

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Dr Khadim Hussain, provincial culture secretary of Awami National Party (ANP), on behalf of his party has condoled with the family of senior Pashto poet, researcher and scholar Dr Darwaish Khan Yousafzai over his demise on Wednesday in district Mardan.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, Mr Hussain termed the death of Dr Darwaish an irreparable loss to Pashto language, literature and Pakhtun nation at large. “Mr Darwaish Khan Yousafzai was really a mendicant as his name suggested and was an extensively read and a gem of men having varied tastes and had mastery over history, linguistics, culture and literature,” he stated.

He further said, “On behalf of Awami National Party I condole the sad demise of noted Pashto poet Dr Darwaish with his bereaved family. His death indeed has created a vacuum that would take long time to be filled.”

Dr Darwaish was laid to rest on the same day in his ancestral graveyard near his village Gumbat, Mardan. He was 71. Though he was an eye specialist yet he was a great literary visionary and remained an active member of Da Adabi Dostaanu Maraka (DADM), Mardan - a reputed literary organization of district Mardan.

Large number of literati and local notables attended his funeral prayer. He left behind a widow, three sons and two daughters and interestingly, he had named his children after his poetry collections, namely ‘Lawangeen’, ‘Wawareen’, ‘Fakhre Afghan’, ‘Zarguna’ and ‘Muska’. Also he had brought out a very important book on Phonology, titled ‘Pakhto Da Zubo More’ (Pashto - the mother of languages) and yet another research work on various aspects of the life of Khushal Khan Khattak, published just a month ago.

According to his close colleague, Faizul Wahab Faiz, Dr Darwaish has a few research works on linguistics and Khushal Khan Khattak to his credit and would be published posthumously with consent of his family members. “Dr Sahib had received his early education from his local school and after qualifying F.Sc (Pre-Medical), he went to Dhaka Medical College but left half way owing to the debacle of the East Pakistan in 1971 and completed rest of his medical education in Peshawar,” Mr Faiz added.

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