CHITRAL, Nov 11: Gul Nawaz Khan Khaki, a prominent Khowar artist, poet, linguist and author, passed away after protracted illness here on Monday. He was 76.
He was laid to rest in his native Singur village on Monday afternoon. Gul Nawaz Khaki had been suffering from cardiac ailment for the last two months and was taken to Peshawar for treatment. His death is certainly a big loss for the Khowar language. During his whole life, Khaki devotedly worked for the promotion of the Khowar language as a singer, radio commentator and writer and an author.
He was considered an authority and an encyclopedia of the Khowar language and culture. Khaki was also included in the committee formed by the KPK governmnet a few years back to prepare the Khowar syllabus for primary schools. He also worked hard for bringing Khowar writers and poets to the platform of Anjuman Taraqi-e-Khowar which he headed as its president for a number of tenures.
Besides his literary activities, Khaki also took active part in politics and was considered to be one of the veteran and old members of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chitral. One of his most praise-worthy attributes was that during his lifetime he never used his status as a prominent artist and political activist to get personal gains or publicity and lived a simple but happy life. May his soul rest in peace.–S. Nazir Hussain