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Traditional Pashto Poetry by Dr. Abaseen Yousafzai


The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature is committed to highlight and celebrate Pakistan and the region’s rich linguistic diversity. The Centre hosts a wide array of literary sessions under the umbrella of Halqa-e Dānish (The Circle of Learning) and Bazm-e-Adab (An Assembly of Literature), where scholars, academics and practitioners of regional languages and literatures come together to discuss nuances of their respective traditions.

The Gurmani Centre’s first event this semester of the Bazm-e-Adab series is the session on the life of poet, warrior and tribal chief of the Pashtuns, Khushal Khan Khattak. Known as the ‘Father of Pashto Literature’, his traditional poetry has been phenomenal, and has had a significant impact in the new trends of modern Pashto poetry. Our guest for this session is Dr. Abaseen Yousufzai, Professor and Chairman of the Pashto Department at the historical Islamia College, Peshawar. A prominent figure in Pashto literature, he is widely recognized nationally and internationally as a Pashto poet and scholar, who has various literary columns, articles, and books to his credit. The session will be moderated by Mr. Imad Khan, who teaches Pashto language and literature at the Gurmani Center for Languages and Literature.

The event will be held at KIC Room, Library Building and streamed online as well. Join Zoom meeting: https://lums-edu-pk.zoom.us/j/92495893364

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