PESHAWAR: Speakers at a ceremony here termed the publication of new poetry collection a precious asset for Pashto literature.

They said that despite being visually impaired, the poet, Shahid Ali Shaid, had mastery over crafting beautiful images and always inspired young writers.

They said that he already carved out a niche for himself among the literary circles through his inborn talent and motivated many bards through measured lines laden with romance, patriotism and depth of insight. Shahid Ali Shahid brought out his fourth poetry collection titled ‘Che Wrak Zaan Me Paida Karu Hagha Ta Ye’ (I found my lost self in you).

The book launching ceremony was organised under the auspices of Khegara Da Watan, a literary-cum-welfare organisation of Bar Tehkal, Peshawar, at the hujra of Arbab Tahir Khan.

Prof Hanif Khalil chaired the event while progressive poet Rahmat Shah Sail was the chief guest. A large number of local poets, elders and fans of the poet attended the event.

The speakers said that Shahid’s style of expression was unique and even weird because of his gifted talent and introduction of creative thoughts drenched in his deep aesthetic sense and love for his land and people. They said that he never repeated himself which was evident from overwhelming sale of his earlier poetry collections.

Prof Hanif Khalil said that the new title of Mr Shahid would attract poetry lovers as it carried fresh thoughts that would move young readers. “Shahid Ali is visually impaired but not blind to see what are going around him as he has an in-depth understanding of the miseries of the people and can well express them in his poetry. Being a bestselling poet, his works are valued due to his impressive and inspirational style,” he said.

Rahmat Shah Sail said on the occasion that even titles of the poet’s books were impressive that readers could not but grab a copy of it before it went out of stock and his fresh title too would hit the bookstalls because it covered and touched upon issues and problems still lying hidden from the eyes of his contemporary bards.

“Shahid Ali has no eyesight but his inward eyes are very much alert and alive to see things and situations in a way that leave many of us stun and forced to think , this kind of poetry should be honoured as it serves as a true mirror to society,” he said.

Fazle Subhan Abid, Akhtar Nangiyal, Sher Mohammad and Mobeen Ihsas Afridi presented poetic tribute to the poet.

Published in Dawn, October 26th, 2020