Distinguished Pahto singer Khyal Mohammad has been given the highest civil award for music, ‘Mir Bacha Khan Award’ by the Afghan government at a ceremony held in Peshawar. The award was presented by Afghan Consul General in Peshawar Dr. Abdullah Waheed Poyan.
Poyan presented the award on behalf of the Afghan President, he applauded thee singing prowess of the maestro and said talent should be recognized at every level.
Afghan Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal, was scheduled to attend the event held at Nishtar Hall but was unable to do so. The aim of the ceremony was to commend the living legends and promote peace.
The effort of Afghan government of recognizing the Pashto talent was appreciated by General Secretary of Awami National Party, Mian Iftikhar Hussain. He said such efforts by the Afghan government will strengthen the harmony between both nations. Afghanistan and Pakistan share common culture and heritage, no barrier can weaken this relation.
On this occasion Hussain also recalled the government led initiatives of Awami National Party back in their era. a total of 110 artists were given cash awards, one million was given to Khiyal Mohammad. Other leaders of the Awami National Party also graced the ceremony. Another popular leader Afrisaib Khattak was also present.
Afghanistan and Pakistan share a long history and a struggle for existence. Pakistan has always tried to establish friendly relations with it’s neighbor Afghanistan. By admiring the talent across borders, both countries will further strengthen the knot of friendship.
The Pakhtun culture has faced many ups and downs but the resolute nation comprising of valiant soldiers have always stood against the test of time. A peace loving nation, Pakhtuns have produced talent which remains evergreen.
Some of the giants of the Pakhtun music culture include Farhad Darya, Rezwan Munwwar and the late Ghazala Javed. Their talent has been lauded across border establishing a prominent niche market for the Pakhtun music industry.