Literati praises late Pashtun writer’s nomination for presidential award

PESHAWAR: Writers, poets, scholars and academics have hailed the nomination of renowned writer and pedagogue the late Professor Jahanzeb Niaz for the posthumous President’s Pride of Performance Award in recognition of his contributions in the field of literature , linguistics, research and Pashtun education.

The coveted Civilian Award nomination for the late legendary blacksmith was announced at an event on August 14 during Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The prize would be awarded to the late writer’s family on Pakistan Day (March 23) next year.

Professor Abasin Yousafzai, Laiqzada Laiq, Professor Nasir Ali Syed, Director of Kalsoomzeb Academy and Pashto Nasrullah Jan Wazir, in separate statements published here, expressed their satisfaction with the posthumous appointment of the famous bard and researcher , Professor Jahanzeb Niaz.

“Professor Niaz was a true scholar, a visionary writer and a father figure to his students. He inspired a host of budding poets and young scholars, always found to help students, so he enjoyed wide respect among literary circles and fully deserved the award,” said Professor Abasin Yousafzai.

Professor Niaz was a true scholar and a father figure to his students, says Abasin Yousafzai

Amjad Ali Khadim, poet and active member of Jahanzeb Niaz Adabi Sangar, Charsadda, said recognition of Prof. Niaz’s illustrious services was a laudable step that would encourage young Pashtun scholars to contribute to society.

Born in Rajjar area of ​​Charsadda district in 1928, Mr. Niaz later did his Masters in Geography and Pashto from University of Punjab and University of Peshawar (UoP) respectively and joined the profession of teacher. He was Head of Pashto Department, UoP, and also Chair of Pashto Department, Islamia College University.

Mr. Niaz also had a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan, USA, and after his return, he started doctoral courses at UoP.

He was the author of over a dozen Pashtun books on a variety of subjects, including poetry, research, criticism, and linguistics. His titles including Soghaat, Ghani Ghani De, Borjal, Gabeen and Da Jeende Chapey have remained in the bestseller list due to common language and lofty thoughts.

Laiqzada Laiq, a veteran poet, remarked that Professor Niaz, who has already won several national and international awards, was a humble soul and that awarding him posthumously would be rewarding for his family, fans and scholars.

Professor Niaz, who died in 2015, also founded the World Pashtun Congress and served as its president until the end.

Posted in Dawn, August 25, 2022