Hindko Academy publishes poetry book introducing Hazara region

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Peshawar—The Gandhara Hindko Academy has published a book of Hindko language poetry Hazara Range which is the socio-cultural introduction of the Hazara Region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Professor Bashir Ahmad Soz has authored the 190-page book. He entered the literary scene of Hazara way back in 1964 and has credit of 33 other books and publications, eight of them being in the Hindko language. His works had won recognition and awards. According to a press release issued here on Thursday, ‘Hazara Rang’ has been dedicated to Asif Saqib, another known Hindko writer and poet from Mansehra district of the Hazara Division.
Professor Yahya Saqib has written the foreword to the book. In the introduction to his latest book, Prof Bashir Ahmad Soz admits that it was a remiss on his part not to pay proper attention to his mother language Hindko in the past. He says he was motivated by his friends, especially Professor Yahya Saqib, to turn to the Hindko language and this publication is the result of that persuasion.
The initial part of the book has an introduction to the Hazara Region and the reason for the appellation. It is followed by description of various areas of respective districts and the people who live there.
The poetry has mentioned various areas of the districts of Hazara Division Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar—and the clans that populate those areas.—APP