Quetta: “Baloch Youth Should Study Gul Kan Naseer” said Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch while addressing a book launch ceremony on Sunday.
A seminar was held in Serena Hotel Quetta which was organized by Balochi Academy. In this Seminar the new book of Balochi Academy, comprising of entire literary collection of Gul Khan Naseer, was launched by CM Balochistan.
President of National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Spokesman of Government of Balochistan Jan Buledi, Provincial President of National Party Dr. Yaseen Baloch, senior bureaucrats including Commissioner Quetta Division and Principal Secretary of CM were also present on the occasion.
Dr. Malik was the chief Guest of the seminar and He officially launched the book. CM Balochistan read a poem that He had written about Gul Khan Naseer. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Malik Paid rich tributes to late Gul Khan Naseer and announced that an International conference will be held to honor the literary works of Gul Khan Naseer. CM Balochistan announced to buy 200 copies of the book launched in the seminar, for different colleges and Universities of Balochistan.
2014 marks the 100th Birth Anniversary of Great poet of Balochistan, Mir Gul Khan Naseer. This year has been named after him by government of Balochistan.
Apart from the launching the book, the seminar consisted of three segments. In first segment, Dr. Malik and Amar Sindhu delivered speeches about Gul Khan Naseer. Abdul Wahid Bandeeg, Chairman of Balochi Academy, gave the welcome address.
Amar Sindhu, the famous poet from Sindh spoke passionately about Gul Khan Naseer. She said that she belongs from the city of Hyderabad where Gul Khan Naseer was imprisoned by the so-called democratic government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Intellectuals like Gul Khan Naseer were arrested not only by military dictators like Ayub Khan but also by so-called democrats, lamented Amar Sindhu.
She further said that one word uttered by a Poet is more powerful then dumps of gunpowder. Intellect is the last line of defense of nation, once its destroyed then nothing can save a nation from destruction. Amar Sindhu concluded her speech with the message that “best way to pay tribute to Gul Khan Naseer is to search for his lost dreams.”
In second and third segment of the seminar many noted intellectuals, professors and literary giants read their papers about Gul Khan Naseer. These people included Munir Badini, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Dr. Saboor Baloch, Rahim Baksh Mehar and many others.
Gul Khan Naseer was a notable poet of Balochi, Brahvi and Urdu. He was a contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Habib Jalib. Gul Khan Naseer was born in 1914 and died in 1983. During his illustrious political and literary career He became a provincial Minister, wrote many books on history and authored several collections of poetry.
Published in The Balochistan Point on October 26, 2014