SWABI: Hundreds attended Navroze celebrations at the historic Hund Park in Swabi and participated in various musical and social events organised by the Pak-Afghan People’s Forum.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Adviser to Chief Minister on Sports, Culture, Youth Affairs and Tourism Amjid Afridi was the chief guest. In addition to the festivities on Sunday, a Navroze conference was also held.
People from K-P, Fata, Quetta and Afghanistan attended the Navroze conference. The event was addressed by renowned figures such as Pervez Shaheen, Professor Noorul Ameen Yusufzai, former Radio Pakistan director Nisar Mohammad Khan, Professor Sadiq Jarak, Afghan Cutural Attaché Abdul Rehman Habibzai, Pak-Afghan People’s Forum Chairman Alamzeb Khan, its Fata wing President Iqbal Khyberwal, Dr Fomanullah, Afghan Trade Commissioner Dr Mirwaiz Yusufzai and Liaqat Simab.
They shed light on Jashn-e- Navroze, saying it was not just a religious occasion, but also a social and cultural event to welcome the spring season. For the last three thousand years, Afghans and Pukhtuns have been celebrating Jashn-e- Navroze.
On the occasion, comprehensive dialogues were held on Pukhtun culture, civilisation, language, literature and history. Singer Arshad Yusufzai and renowned artist Kamal Khan were given awards during the event. A Pashto mushaira was also held and famous poets Aziz Manerwal, Akbar Siyal, Iqbal Hussian Afqar and others presented their works which were highly appreciated by the audience.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2015.