Legendary poet Murad Shinwari passes away
By Sudhir Ahmad Afridi
LANDIKOTAL: Renowned Pashto poet, script writer and critic Murad Shinwari passed away at the age of 84 after a prolonged illness in the Khugakhel Tehsil on Saturday.
Shinwari, the only son of Baba-e-Ghazal Humza was born in 1928 at Khuga khel village of Landikotal. He received his early education from Government High School No1, Peshawar and also received army training.
He passed all examinations with distinction and was awarded the degree of BT by the University of Punjab. He did his master’s in Pashto privately from University of Peshawar and received a gold medal for his outstanding performance. He rendered his services as librarian and also worked as a staff artist.
Shinwari wrote songs and dialogues for more than a hundred films and has to his credit hits such as Urbal, Bangree Au Hatkarrey, Juram Au Saza, Naway Da Yawe Shpey, and Multan Khan Afridi.
His three books, Aaeena, Pelwashey and De Khyber Adab have also been published.
He is considered the pioneer of Azad Nazam (free verse) in Pashto and had also served as assistant editor in first Pashto newspaper “Afghan”. He is survived by three sons, ten daughters and a widow. Professor Raj Wali Shah Khattak termed his death a great loss to Pashto language and said that a vacuum created by his passing would take decades to fill. Abaseen Yousafzai in his condolence message said that even though he was son of great poet and scholar, he had his own literary qualities and earned respect and popularity through his own hard work and talent.
After funeral prayers, Shinwari was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Khugakhel.
Source: Daily Times