Karachi – Two books based on the life of Baloch poet and historian, Gul Khan Naseer, were launched in Karachi, on Saturday.
Book launching ceremony was organized by Balochi Labzaanki Deewan Quetta. Mir Gul Khan Naseer: Zindagi aur Funn, and Maa Paa Watan Dewanag Enn have been compiled by Yar Jan Badini and Tahir Hakeem, published by Zind Academy Noshki and Balochi Labzanki Dewan Quetta.
Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, was the chief guest of the event. Dr. Malik Baloch read a piece in Balochi about Gul Khan Naseer.
“Gul Khan was my ideal when I was a school student,” said Dr. Malik. He further added, “Our government is promoting Balochi language and culture. We have announced grants and increased funds for Balochi Academy.”
Writer Amanullah Gichki said, “Gul Khan was inspired by the political scenario of Sub-Continent. He played the same role for Baloch as Iqbal did for the Muslims and Rabindranath Tagore played for Bengalis.”
It was maintained at the ceremony that Ajmal Khattak from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sheikh Ayaz from Sindh, Faiz and Habib Jalib from Punjab and Gul Khan Naseer from Balochistan lifted their people from mud of political frustration.
Yar Jan Badini, one of the compilers, and Simi Naghmana Tahir read their papers on Gul Khan Naseer’s life and works.
Others who spoke at the occasion include; Dr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Professor Taj Haider of Pakistan People Party, Senator Ashok Kumar and Zulfiqar Alepoto.
Speakers at the event paid rich tributes to Gul Khan Naseer’s work and his contributions for Baloch politics and literature.
Incumbent Balochistan government under Dr. Malik has given a lot of importance to literature. Year 2014 was celebrated as Year of Gul Khan Naseer by Balochistan government.
Published in The Balochistan Point on May 10, 2015