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18 October 2019

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali— the reigning father of the Khowar language

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali— the reigning father of the Khowar language

ISLAMABChitral Pakistan, a free launce journalist, researcher, TV Host of khowar programme, and Mahir-e-Iqbliat has been awarded a linguistic award for the promotion and preservation of Khowar and Urdu language from the International literary Association “mylanguages.org”. 

Rahmat Aziz commonly known as R.A.Chitrali is the eminent Urdu and Khowar linguist, researcher, writer, critic and scholar of Chitral KPK Pakistan. He is widely regarded in Upper Chitral as the supreme living authority on life and work of Allama Iqbal- the greatest ever Urdu poet. He has the credit of penning more than 100 scholarly articles, 50 book reviews, and 1400 editorials, columns to the Chitrali, Shimali and Pakistani newspapers. According to him his life, since the beginning has been full of hardships, oppositions and obstructions but he was not deterred and continued his efforts towards enlightenment. 

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali is a role model for his fellow Pakistani poets and journalists. R.A.Chitrali lives in the beautiful and remote area of Chitral Pakistan. In spite of the region’s struggles with transportation and security issues, he effectively promotes language and education. When describing his literary experience to residents of his region, R.A.Chitrali emphasizes that volunteer work for languages is a “noble job.”
For his humorous poetry he is known as Akbar Ala Abadi of Chitral Pakistan. He has published books namely Guldan-e-Rahmat, Guldasta-e-Rahmat, Gul Afshaniat-e-Iqbal, Khowar Humorous Letters, and Pakistan and Dr.A.Q.Khan in the Urdu and Khowar languages. 
Ministry of Education Govt of Pakistan has awarded Certificate of commendation to Rehmat Aziz in recognition of his academic contribution producing outstanding and creative works entitled “MaaR MaaRa Mayoon” under the project promotion of children literature. Rahmat Aziz Chitrali has translated the books of Dr.Allama Iqbal i.e. Bang-e-Dara, Bal-e-Jibreel, Zarb-e-Kaleem, Zaboor-e-Ajam and Armughan-e-Hijaz into Chitrali language. He is the author of many books and research articles on Khowar and Urdu languages. His Khowar poetry have been translated into English and Urdu. 
Aziz Chitrali has done much to promote the Khowar and other 13 languages spoken in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan. Firstly he began to write in Urdu. Sometimes he wrote in his mother tongue Khowar [Chitrali]. He wrote many poems in Khowar but later he decided to write prose. 
He was awarded Shandoor Award, CHDWO Award, My Languages Award and Commendation Award. He wrote several articles on legendary Khowar poets and also several articles about Khowar language and linguistics. He is a critic of Khowar literature and wrote several articles on this topic. 
R.A.Chitrali is  the reigning father of the Khowar language. A former president of Anjuman-e-Tarraqui-e-Khowar Karachi, the ex-editor of the colourful urdu and khowar news paper Chitral Vision, scholar, author of several of books, Mr.Chitrali is most revered and respected for his literary contributions to Urdu and Khowar language. 
Rahmat Aziz  has served as President of Anjuman-e-Tarraqu-e-Khowar Karachi, Khowar Academy Karachi a Pakistani nonprofit literary association. In April 2010, Mr. Chitrali has developed and created a Khowar Wikipedia and translated more AD: Rehmat Aziz Chitrali Urdu and Khowar language humourous poet of than 1000 articles into Khowar language.  
Every year “mylanguages.org”, which supports language researchers as they build on their exchange experiences, confers the linguistic certificates and awards on an outstanding researchers. 
Rehmat Aziz , 41, is an a well-known Khowar and Urdu language poet of Pakistan. His verses are included the syllabus of Allam Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. He has served as the first host of Khyber Television Khowar programme “Chetraro  Hawaz” (Voice of Chitral). He has also served as Editor of Chitral Vision and Monthly Shandoor.
R.A.Chitrali  who is the translator of Allama Iqbal’s poetry, has published translations of Iqbal’s poetry in Khowar language. Ministry of Culture, Govt of Pakistan with the collaboration of Iqbal Academy and Khowar Academy published his book in the year 1999.
Rehmat Aziz has created Unicode for additional characters of khowar language for Unicode consortium Inc and the Unicode Consortium approved his suggested Unicodes.

Zaheer-Ud-Din has contributed to this story from Chitral, Pakistan
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Zaheer-Ud-Din © Chitral