PESHAWAR: Veteran politician of the Awami National Party, Afzal Khan Lala, launched his book ‘Da Pukhtano Pa Khawra Praday Jhagarha’ (Ghost war on Pakhtun soil) at a ceremony held at Peshawar Press Club on Saturday.
“Pukhtuns have not stood united as a nation since 1893,” said Lala while speaking on the occasion, referring to the year the Durand Line was drawn. “People cannot win without unity and Pukhtuns can never become a great nation unless they exhibit unity among them.”
Lala said Pakistan, Afghanistan and India should work towards bringing peace to their respective countries.
Pashto scholars and intellectuals can play an active role in bringing peace by using the power of their pens, but unfortunately, they are not writing anything positive in this regard, he lamented.
The book is based on the proceedings of a two-day event held in April 2012. The talks held during the event were then compiled in written form by Lala.
The event was an international one with participants from Afghanistan also in attendance. Speakers stressed on how peace could be restored in Pakistan and its western neighbour.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2014.
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