When custom begins to dictate to instinct, when the eyes look more at the listeners than the face of the beloved, that is time when convention overcomes music, ethics overcome passion, and desire is substituted for love. So if you find the Pathan folk-songs too brutal and naked direct, do not forget that he lives a straight and primitive life in a lonely valley or small village, and is too busy worrying about the next thing to shoot, to find time to be civilized. Let us go to his valley in Dir. He has long locks, neatly oiled and combed, wrapped in a red silk kerchief which is twisted round the head like the crown of Caesar.
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But the Pathan is not easy to love. He takes a lot of knowing. The undertaking, you will admit, is difficult. No wonder I did not know where to begin. But I have a scheme. I shall make him sing his Jove-songs to you, so that you may feel the throb of his heart. He will tell you a Pathan fairy tale so that you may listen to what he tells his child. He will tell you a story of an incident in his village so that you may see how he lives. He will talk to you about the moon so that you may know how he loves.
He will talk: to you about his customs so that you may understand his laws. He will talk of dacoities, raids and duels so that you may know the power that drives him. He will talk to you of priests and magic and charms so that you may know the darkness in his heart. For whether you like it or not he is your neighbour. And on the most unfortunate side of your house- the side that faces Russia. You must know him because Russia will have a lot to say about the shape of things to come.
They will come to the Pathan before they come to you. May I then introduce you to your neighbour! He has a fine turban and intriguing trousers. But before we do that we might as well know something of his race and his origin.
He was arrested by the Government of Pakistan in — although he had given up politics by then — and remained in prison till , in various jails all over the country. It was during these years that he wrote his poem collection Da Panjray Chaghaar, which he considered the best work of his life. His contribution to literature often unpublished was ignored by the Pakistan government for much of his life although near the end of his life his works did receive much praise and as well as an award from the Government of Pakistan. For his contributions to Pashto literature and painting, the President of Pakistan, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, conferred on him the prestigious award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz 23 March He also wrote in English; his first book was The Pathans His only published work in Urdu was his book titled Khan Sahib The book was printed in in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Pathan By Khan Abdul Ghani Khan
He was the best poet and Philospher of Pashto language of the 20th century. Ghani Khan visited England, for studying sugar technology, after that he return and started working at Takht Bhai Sugar Mills in Ghani Khan was arrested by the Government of Pakistan in He was remained in prison till , visiting different jails all over Pakistan. His other two poem collections are: Panoos and Palwashay. Ghani Khan also wrote The Pathans, a short book in English prose, published in , which like his sculptures and paintings, does not compare well to his poetry, keeping in mind that he is arguably the greatest pashto language poet.