Famend Pashto fiction author Turkistan aka Tahir Afridi handed away on the age of 82 in Karachi after a protracted sickness.
He was taken to his native village of Sokra close to Dara Adam Khel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for burial after his funeral prayer was provided within the port metropolis.
Afridi was born on January 4, 1939, and didn’t obtain any formal training. Throughout his preliminary days, he was fascinated by poetry however later turned his consideration to fiction writing.
Like the remainder of the Pashtuns, Afiridi got here to Karachi in Sixties searching for livelihood and initially labored as a automotive cleaner.
He later shaped his personal firm and moved to Karachi together with his household in 1973. His household nonetheless resides within the metropolis.
Paying tribute to his colleague, poet and author Qaiser Afridi stated that late Afridi labored for 60 years for the promotion of Pashto language.
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Tahir Afridi based a literary organisation in Karachi referred to as ‘Jaras Adabi Jirga’ and began a quarterly journal underneath the identify of Jaras.
Poet Aman Afridi, a member of the Jaras Adabi Jirga, stated that Tahir Afridi had spent most of his life for the promotion of Pashto literature.
“He wrote 21 books for Pashto literature. Apparently, Tahir Afridi is not any extra with us he’ll stay perpetually by way of his work,” he remarked.
Farman Zaheer, a younger Pashto poet who attended the eminent poet’s funeral, stated Afridi was not solely a author however a mentor who has finished lots for future generations of Pashtuns .
Tahir Afridi obtained quite a few awards and honours for his providers within the discipline of literature. He was additionally honoured with the “Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal” by the Afghanistan authorities in recognition of his providers within the discipline of Pashto literature.
Regardless of surviving a stroke in 2010, Afridi didn’t cease writing books and novels. He had no youngster and his spouse handed away in 2019.