ANP provincial chief Aimal Wali addresses a gathering at Bacha Khan Markaz, Peshawar, on Thursday. — Dawn
ANP provincial chief Aimal Wali addresses a gathering at Bacha Khan Markaz, Peshawar, on Thursday. — Dawn

PESHAWAR: Speakers at an event here on Thursday termed a doctorate thesis on Khan Abdul Wali Khan conducted by a young scholar as crash course for political activists, analysts and literati of peace discourse.

They said that the scholar had done justice to the topic “Abdul Wali Khan: A political study” to the best of his abilities and it would inspire readers if published in book form.

“Wali Khan fought for all the oppressed and advocated peace and stability in the region,” said the speakers. They said that the thesis was a deep peep into life and vision of Khan Abdul Wali Khan.

The study covered Wali Khan’s political struggle from 1942 to 1990. Being an architect of the 1973 Constitution, Wali Khan was a strong voice of all the marginalised segments of the society, said the speakers.

Speakers say thesis is a deep peep into life and vision of the nationalist politician

Awami National Party provincial chief Aimal Wali, Sardar Hussain Babak, Khadim Husain, Akhtar Ali Shah and Prof Noorul Amin Yousafzai spoke at the event.

Shedding light on different aspects of the study carried out by Dr Saifullah Marwat, they said that such research would prove a great milestone for the young political workers, rights activists and common readers.

They said that the scholar had dived deep into the life, services and vision of Khan Abdul Wali Khan and unearthed many hidden aspects of his life and contributions.

The event organised at Bacha Khan Markaz was attended by writers, political activists and scholars.

Dr Saifullah Marwat said on the occasion that it took him five years to complete his research thesis from International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).

He said that it would motivate youth to know about the unflinching efforts and devotion of Abdul Wali Khan for the genuine rights of Pakhtuns, democratic norms and rule of law and peace.

Dr Sohail Khan, the chairman of Pashto department at Abdul Wali Khan University, said that no book in fact could encompass the life and struggle of Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan but the research work by a young man would definitely give an insight into the political vision of a political leader, who was inwardly a mendicant and believed in what he practiced and never comprised on principles.

“Wali Khan was visionary and statesman par excellence and surprisingly enough, his personality could not be eclipsed despite the presence of Bacha Khan,” he said.

Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2020