(MENAFN – Tribal News Network) Salman Yousafzai
Famous Pashtun-speaking novelist Tahir Afridi died last Saturday in Karachi at the age of 82 after a long illness.
Tahir Afridi, founder and editor-in-chief of Karachi-based quarterly Jaras Magazine, had been ill for some time and was being treated at the Karachi Civil Hospital.
Most of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s literary organizations, including Afghanistan, have called the death of the leading novelist an irreparable loss to Pashtun literature.
The famous poet of Pashtun literature, Professor Abasin Yousafzai, told TNN that Tahir Afridi is a great person as a human being. And as a writer, he was not only a great novelist, but also a great Pashtun-language writer. He was also the founder and editor of an amazing magazine, ‘Jaras’.
According to Abasin Yousafzai, Jaras Magazine is a big name in the world of research and criticism, and we still use these articles to this day as evidence and credibility because articles by prominent writers from Balochistan and Afghanistan , including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have been published in this magazine.
Tahir Afridi has written approximately 21 books which include fiction, novels, dramas, and reporting. There is no doubt that Tahir Afridi gave fiction the color of progressivism and uniqueness in the truest sense of the word.
“ Tahir Afridi and Zaitoon Bano are counted among the famous fictional writers of Pashtun literature who wrote very daring fictions and spoke very openly about the moral flaws of society, adds Abasin Yousafzai ”
Tahir Afridi has also written travel reports and reports including travel reports and reports on Afghanistan, Qatar and other countries where he has clearly explained his language and culture as a preacher. This shows that he also showed up in a high position on this platform.
Pashto-speaking poet and musician Amjad Shehzad, while agreeing with Abasin Yousafzai, said Tahir Afridi’s Urdu fictions also reflect Pashtun culture, problems and deprivation. Likewise, Tahir Afridi described the culture, problems and needs of the Pashtun nation in Urdu language, which is admirable.
According to Amjad Shehzad, Tahir Afridi is also considered a professor of Pashtun literature and he had formed an organization in Karachi under the name of Jaras Adabi Jirga for the youth associated with the literature in which the famous poets Qaiser Afridi, the late Riaz Tasneem, Nangyal Yousafzai, Tahir Buniri and Rehman Buniri have done a lot for Pashtun literature under the direction of Tahir Afridi.
According to Makham Khattak, a famous Karachi-based Pashtun writer with close ties to the late Tahir Afridi, said he only had a basic qualification but because of his divine abilities he not only learned to read and write but also become a writer and author.
In an interview with TNN, Makham Khattak said that according to Tahir Afridi, he wrote and published his first novel (“Sta Na Pe Gham Ke Kama Nayam”) in 1961.
According to Makham Khattak, the first collection of his fictions was “The Mahalano Khawa Ke” (in the shadow of the palaces), the second collection of fictions was “Panrray panrray”, the third collection was “Didan” in Urdu, and the the fourth collection was “Lara Ke Makham (Evening on the road).
The legendary fifth collection “Bia Hagha Makham De” (It’s still the same evening), the legendary sixth collection “Nor Khobona Na Wenam” (No more dreams), the seventh mythological collection “Zanzeer Tarle Khoob” (Locked Dream), the eighth mythological collection “Two hundred moments of a great history” (a long story of a few moments), the ninth mythological collection “Moda Pas Ashna Raghale (after a while a beloved came), then wrote the tenth and latest collection of fiction “Sta sara Khabare” (Dialogue with you) and has been called the Imam of modern and symbolic fiction in Pashtun literature.
Likewise, he traveled to many countries, whose narrative he wrote in the form of travel reports and reports, which are given as follows, “Safar Pe Khair” (Safar Bakhir), “Safar Madame Safar” , ” Janan Mein Qatar Teh Rawan De ” and ” Laar Sha Pekhawar Tah ”, the names of these reports are taken from famous Pashtun folk songs. It also includes another travelogue “Zha Che Zoo Kabul Teh” (Let’s go to Kabul). Tahir Afridi wrote the first Pashto novel “Kanrho Ke Raguna” (Rag Sang) which was translated into Urdu by Professor Asir Mangal as “Kohsaron K Yeh Log”.
Tahir Afridi wrote a novel in Urdu “Teri Aankhein Khoobsurat Hai” which was translated into Pashto by our friend poet, writer and journalist Barak Mian Khel as “Sheen Starge”.
His last novel was “Tarbuzak” (Niqab) which describes the current situation based on reality. He also compiled a book of letters from Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari, a famous poet of Pashtun literature.
In addition to all this, a book by Tahir Afridi on various subjects was recently published by Pashto Academy Quetta under the title “Adabi Panrey” (literary papers). Tahir Afridi founded Jaras Adabi Jirga in Karachi in 1990 and also launched Jaras Pashto Literary Magazine.
Who was Tahir Afridi?
Tahir Afridi was born on January 4, 1939, in the village of Sokrra in Borra, Hassan Khel, FR Peshawar. He had no early education and first wrote poetry under the name Tahir Asar. Later he began to write fiction under the name Tahir Afridi and rose to fame under the same name.
He moved to Karachi in 1961 where he used to wash cars in a parking lot, but after a while he opened a car business and became very well off. He remained in Karachi with his family until his death.
The late Tahir Afridi has received numerous local and international awards and also received the “Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal” by the Afghan government.
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