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Quetta: Reference held on 79th death anniversary of Yousaf Aziz Magsi

Yousaf Aziz Magsi

Yousaf Aziz Magsi

Quetta: A one-day Reference was held on 79th death anniversary of Yousaf Aziz Magsi at Balochi Academy Quetta here on Saturday.The seminar was organized by Balochi Academy, Cultural Department and Nawa-e- Bolan Publication. Renowned literary figures, political leaders, and Social Activists while  addressing the seminar paid rich tribute to the political struggle and literary work of Mir Yousuf Aziz Magsi.

Agha Gul, a well-known Urdu novelist, and short story writer was the chief guest, while Dr Saleem Kurd presided over the seminar.

A large number of people attended seminar. Literary, political and social figures including Pana Baloch,  Professor Yousaf Mengal, Habib Rind, Shmas Mandokhail, Qasim Shah, Saeed Kurd, Ghulam Nabi Marri, Zubair Baloch, Akbar Sasoli, Zahid Dashti paid rich tribute to the political struggle and literary work of Mir Yousuf Aziz Magsi. 

“Magsi was a great leader who brought awareness among Baloch nation regarding Baloch nationalism and education. He is well known because of his efforts against tribal system. On May 31, 1935 Nawab Yousaf Aziz Khan Magsi was among the casualties when Quetta was hit with a devastating earthquake  claiming thousands of lives.” The speakers said

The speakers said that Mir Yousaf Ali Khan struggled for independence of Balochistan from British rule and he started his struggle by writing “Balochistan’s Lament”, which was published in a weekly newspaper, Hamdard, on November 17, 1929. As a result of this article, a special Jirga held in Kalat on July 17, 1930 sentenced Mir Yousaf Ali Khan to one year of solitary confinement in Zehri and an 11,000-rupee fine.

“Yousaf Aziz Magsi organized the first “All India Baloch Conference” in Jacobabad (Balochistan) in 1932. After a year, in 1933 the second “All India Baloch Conference” was arranged in Hyderabad (Sindh) which was joined hugely and Baloch from India, Central Asia, and Turkmenistan, participated  in historical conference of Hyderabad.” Speakers said  

By Mir Behram Baloch

Published in The Balochistan Point on June 1, 2014

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