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22 February 2020

Gul Nawaz Khan Khaki, a legend of Chitral dies at 77

Chitral—Veteran politician, founder member of Pakistan People’s Party(Chitral), poet, journalist and writer Gul Nawaz Khan Khaki son of Sher Nawaz Khan Khaki of Shahmirandeh Singor passed away at the age of 77. He was ill and passed away in 20 days. Gul Nawaz Khaki was brother of Nawab Khan, Shamsuddin, Sabihuddin and father of Faheemuddin, Safiuddin and Zakauddin. He was Patron in Chief and president of Unjumani Taraqi Khowar and worked as sub editor for Jamhori Islam Peshawar.

He was also a writer and poet who has written many books in Khowar (Chitrali language) such as Khush Watan, Taraqi w no shehir, Seeratun Nabi, Soornaik, Khowar dictionary, Beeraish, Laal Jafar Yaad etc. He has a collection of 1600 hadith of Propher Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

He joined PPP in 1967 and remained loyal to the party without getting any personal benefit. He wrote a famous poem for conservation of wild life which local people still love it.

His funeral prayer was attended by former provincial minister Saleem Khan, District Nazim Maghfirat Shah, civil officers, politicians and hundreds of people from all walks of life. The deceased was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard of Singor.

G.H.Farooqui has contributed to this story from Chitral, Pakistan
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G.H.Farooqui © 2013