Abdul Ghani Khan: His Life and Times

“Living nations never forget their elders” – Ghani Khan

Quaid-i-Azam University (Islamabad)

“Pearls by millions I would gladly cede,

For the sake of tears borne of love and grief.

Death, go somewhere, get lost!

I’m not done as yet –Joy still flows from the amphora of colors into my cupped hands.” – Ghani Khan

On account of Ghani Khan’s 105th Birthday, Pashtoon Student Council of Quaid-i-Azam University arranged a seminar on Ghani Khan’s Life time. Prof. Dr. Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah elaborated on the life and times of Abdul Ghani Khan; particularly his life in Shantiniketan (Calcutta) under the great influential poet and the Noble Laureate- Rabindra Nath Tagore, his encounters with great Indian leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and many others. Ghani Khan’s political life was the main focus of the talk.

“Zor hasay peghor shee che himmat warsara mal na shi

wrak agha mashaal shaa che tayaara shi au day bal na shi”

Translation: “What is power if not a taunt when not combined with courage

Of what use is a torch at all which fails to light when darkness falls”