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Gandhara Hindko Academy publishes book

PESHAWAR: The Gandhara Hindko Academy has published a book that has the charbaitas or special form of poetry of great Hindko mystic poet Sain Ghulam Deen Hazarvi. According to a press release issued here on Monday, the 130-page publication, Hindko Charbaitay Dey Rango Rang Nadarey is the extensive research by a distinguished writer, poet and scholar of Hindko language from Abbottabad, Hazara, Haider Zaman Haider.
The 74-year-old Haider Zaman Haider has to his credit two earlier books on the subject. These include 172-page Saudagar Es Bazaar Da published in 1988 and 192-page Mashaal brought into fine print in 1995. The total number of his books stands at 10. The author has had the honour of translating the Holy Quran into Hindko language. Some of his books are Quran Fehmi, Mubarik Safr-e-Haj, Sajrey Phul, Tareekh-e-Turkaan and Shama Tey Patang.
The book on charbaitas has been dedicated to Ghulam Jan Khan Tahirkheli, a journalist and worker of the Pakistan Movement, and Rafique Ahmad Khan. The dedication is in acknowledgement of the efforts the two social and political figures made for promotion of the Hindko language in the Hazara division. Great sufi poet of the Hindko language Sain Ghulam Deen Hazarvi was born in Nawan Shehar town near Abbottabad in 1854 AD and died in 1936 AD.
The last resting place of the mystic is located in the same town near the historical Ilyasi Masjid. His devotees constructed a small but imposing shrine for the mystic on the self-help basis some 30 years back. Hindko Charbaitey Dey Rango Rang Nadarey was published for the first time in 1980. Haider Zaman, who is widely respected for pioneering the research on the Hindko language in the Hazara division, visited far-flung areas of Hazara to collect the charbaitas of the sufi poet.
He got the work published using his own resources as there was no public sector body then to come forward and do the needful.
The book is a credible reference for the Hindko language researchers. It became out of print with the passage of time. This is why the Gandhara Hindko Academy decided to republish it, says Muhammad Ziauddin, a noted Hindko, writer, poet and research scholar, while recording his impressions in the initial part of the publication. He is general secretary of the Gandhara Hindko Board that runs the Gandhara Hindko Academy in Peshawar.
Ziauddin says the Gandhara Hindko Academy, set up in Peshawar last year, will welcome and publish the research-based works of the Hindko writers from any part of the country.
Professor Sufi Abdul Rasheed, a senior writer, poet and researcher from Abbottabad, in the foreword to the book has mentioned briefly the earlier works of the writers such as Abdul Kareem Farooq, Qazi Muhammad Jameel, Muhammad Ismail, Sadiq Malik, Dr Mumtaz Manglori, Aslam Jadoon, Professor Sadiq Zahid and Niaz Swati.
The literatus has talked about the structure of charbaita. He has praised the author for collecting the work which, he says, by all accounts can be termed part of the Hindko language classic literature.
Haider Zaman Haider in the prologue to the book has thanked Sikandar Khan, Feroz Khan, Muhammad Akbar and Fazal Deen who learnt the charbaitas of Sain Ghulam Deen Hazarvi by heart and helped him with preparation of the book. He has expressed happiness at the efforts being made for the promotion of the Hindko and literature. He sees a bright future for the Hindko language.



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