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Father of Pakhto 'Ghazl' remembered

Jalalabad, December 15, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Nangarhar University organized a cultural seminar to celebrate the centenary of great Pakhto poet and writer Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari here on Saturday.

Dr. Attaullah Shinwari, patron of the university told Pajhwok Afghan News that hundreds of poets, writers and literary luminaries from all over Afghanistan besides eastern provinces and Kabul participated in the one day seminar.

Scholars presented their papers on the life and works of Hamza Baba, known as father of Pakhto 'ghazl'.

At the beginning the messages of President Hamid Karzai, information and culture minister and minster of borders and tribal affairs were announced.

Dr. Shinwari thanked Gul Agha Sherzoi, governor Nangarhar for his cooperation in arranging the seminar and said that Hamza Baba introduced modern 'ghazl' to Pakhto language.

Ustad Fazle Wali Nagar read his paper titled ' Modern ghazl and Hamza', Ustad Babrak Miankhel read paper on the status of Amir Hamza Khan Shiwari in Pakhto literature.

Utad Lal Bacha Amun spoke on singularities of the poetry of Hamza Baba; Mohammad Ibrahim Hamkar read his paper about the classical poetry of Hamza Baba.

Similarly Nabi Salahi, Rahmatullah Rahmat, Abdul Qayum Mashwai and Utad Rehmat also read their papers highlighting various aspects of the life and works of the great Pakhtu literary luminary.

Baba was born in 1907 at Khazakhela village of Landi Kotal and was died in February 1993.