A student organization that is leftist, secular, liberal, progressive and nationalist in nature. It is the student wing of Awami National Party. It was formed in 1968. It is present in numerous educational institutions of Pakistan. Bashir Sherpao from Charsadda, Peshawar is the President of PSF.
University Of Malakand
A public university located in Chakdara, Dir Valley of Kyber Pukhtoonkhwa i-e- Malakand Division. It was founded in 2001 by the then President Pervez Musharraf. It provides regular & private Bachelors degrees (BA/BSc/BBA/BIT/BCom/BCS), regular Honours degrees (BA Hons/BS Hons/BBA Hons/BBT Hons/PharmD/BCS Hons/BIT Hons), Master degrees (MA/MSc/MCS/MBA/BEd/LLB/MCom/MIT) & post-graduate degrees such as MPhil, MS & PhD in various disciplines & MEd. It has 14 departments. Dr Rasool Jan from Kabal, Swat is it's Vice-Chancellor & Governer NWFP Owais Ghani is it's Chancellor. Zeeshan Khan Sawabiwal is the President of Pukhtoon Students Federation there. It has 3 hostels i-e- Girls Hostel, Asif Aziz Hostel & Khalid Osman Hostel.
A Punjabi President of PSF clears misconceptions about PSF
(Interview is in Urdu)
Q. Aap ke walid ka kia naam hy aur kia karty hain?
A. Ji walid ka naam Muhammd Iqbal hy aur construction ka kam karty hain
Q. Aap ka taluq kahan se hy aur kahan kehty hain?
A. Mera taluq Bhagban Pura Lahore se hy aur ab East Karachi Iqbal Town mein rehta hun
Q. PSF kab join ki?
A. 2007 April me apne college me join ki
Q. PSF ka shoq kaise peda hua?
A. College mein membership campaign thi, tu mene bhi membership hasil kar li, dar asal PSF wahid talba tanzim hy jo adam tashadud pe yakeen rakti hy jo Baacha Khan baba ka falsafa hy, bus membership se taraqi hoti gaye aur akhir mein General Secretary aur phir Sadar ban gaya. Aik bar mujy MQM (Muthahida Qaumi Movement) walo ne bohot mara, tu mere PSF ke dosto ne muje un ghundo se bachaya aur aisa larray aur support kia jis tara apne Pathan dosto ka suppoort karty thy, uss din se me PSF ka ho kar reh gaya. PSF ne mujy bohot kuch dia.
Q. PSF me ohday?
A. Mera taluq PSF District East Karachi se hy, aur wahan Goverment College District East Karachi mein pehle karkun tha, pir evening ka general secretary aur phir sadar muntakhib hogaya.
Q. PSF ne apko kia dia?
A. PSF ne mujy bohot kuch dia, dost diye, izzat di aur Baacha Khan baba ka falsafa dia.
Q. PSF me sub se yadgar lamha?
A. Jis din Police ne college se arrest kia.
Ismael Meshud, Ex-President PSF Sindh, Sabiq Subaye Sadar Sindh jis k PSF me 18 saal hogaye.
wo mard nhi jo dar jae halat k khuni manzar se
jis door me jeena mushkil ho us door me jeena lazim he
NOTE: THE OPNION OF THE WRITER IN THE ARTICLE IS THE PERSONAL OPINION OF THE WRITER
The value of freedom can best be known from those who are in the clutches of slavery. Or ask our elders who witnessed the worst in the united India what freedom is meant and they can tell about it as they experienced a life akin to that of slaves. The Muslims of the united India with the British-Hindu collusion had been deprived of all the basic rights and a plan to make them under complete subjugation of Hindus was the main objective of the foreign rulers.
But the farsighted leadership of Muslims as well as the sacrifices of ghazis thwarted their nefarious designs and thus a separate and independent homeland, Pakistan, was carved out on the world's map. It's a misfortune of ours that after the creation of our country, those at the helm of affairs almost forgot the sacrifices of some of our deserved heroes. Madad Khan Davikhel is one of those hidden heroes who offered great sacrifices in the Pakistan Movement, but those who mattered in the affairs of the country forgot him for unknown reasons.
This great hero and ghazi belonged to Baizai area of Mardan district. The area is the abode to many Pakhtun tribes including Yusufzai, Utman-Khel, Mamooti, Ghorghoosht etc. Ghazi Madad Khan belonged to the sub-tribe of Ghorghoosht, now called Davikhel. Born at Dheri Likpani of Katlang village in 1892 Madad Khan was the son of Mamoon Khan, a middle class landlord. Khan Mahmood Khan Shaheed, great grandfather of Ghazi Madad Khan, had embraced martyrdom against Sikhs during the tehrik of Syed Ahmad Barelvi Shaheed.
Madad Khan's father left him in infancy as he died in the prime of his life, so Madad Khan could not equip himself with education. As he grew older, his interest in the changing conditions of the sub-continent became stronger day by day. He started his struggle for freedom openly in 1910 and later became captain in the Khudai Khidmatgar Tehrik, led by Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as Bacha Khan. He was a simple but brave and robust Pakhtun who was unaware of political expediencies. He did not know rhetoric and politics, but his aim was to expel the imperialist Britishers from the sub-continent and root out their rule.
His only aim behind his joining the Khudai Khidmatgar Tehrik was to embrace martyrdom for the cause of freedom. He faced great hardships in his life and endured prison nine times and suffered almost 16 years behind bars. But despite all handicaps, he continued his struggle and the rulers of the day failed to suppress his voice. This great man died in 1987 at the age of 95, leaving behind his reminiscences. The freedom in which we all are breathing now owed to Madad Khan and his like, therefore, we must give him his due status. If we show frugality in this respect, history will not forgive us.
NOTE: THE OPINION IN THE ARTICLE IS THE PERSONAL OPINION OF THE WRITER
Peshawar: Tuesday 7th December 2010
We students of Peshawar University Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan were invited by our university friend Fawaz Dawar. Being so close to eachother we could not refuse him. We decided to go no matter what happens as our Pukhtoonwali was at stack. We left for Waziristan from University of Peshawar to attend the marriage ceremony of our friend Fayaz Dawar.
We started our journey at 10 AM. We arranged a coach for our journey to Waziristan. We were atleast 15 students of the university. We reached Bannu at 2 PM and took our lunch. After lunch we started a fearful visit again. We were confused of so-called Taliban and their dealings. We reached the Mir Ali college through many check posts of Pak Army and they forced us not to be seated in the coach to cross the check posts therefore we walked for about ten minutes and sat back in the coach again. When we reach at Mir Ali check posts one of the officer was very surprised when he heard that we were going to Waziristan to attend a marriage cermony. They all thought that we all are mad and enemy of your life. We stayed there for prayer and drank some water.
After crossing Khajorai check post and Mir Ali college the area of Taliban started from there and we saw some 15 to 20 taliban militants playing cricket at road side and some of them were holding the weapons of their other mates as they stopped our coach and one of our friend shook hands with them and told them that we are guests and came for a marriage ceremony. We were so confused because they had Kalashnikov and other heavy weapons and had long long knives. They had long hair and fear in their eyes wearing traditional caps (pakol) and they had many wireless phones with them they call it Mukhabira (an Arabic word).
At 6 PM we reached our friend's house at village Darpakhel Miran Shah. Here we met with some tribal elders and children who were staring us because we were strange for them. We took our Dinner at 8 PM and asked our friend for music programme and so he did. He arranged a local musician for us. We enjoyed all the night and did traditional dance (Attan) and the tribal elders sung traditional songs. I was amazed when as I saw a group of aged elders and one of the Malik of the tribe were dancing Attan and their stimna was really tremendous. We also danced Attan with those elders and enjoyed alot. The dancing programme lead late into the night. After that we went to another Hujra for sleep.
When we woke up at the morning we were shocked as we saw many soldiers at the hill top and many taliban on the road side. We were amazed at what was going on on here. We asked the local people that whats happening as army is on the top and militants are down on the roads and they are not fighting with eachother and not interfering in each others work. One villager told us, "stay here for a week than you will understand the whole game". Another said, "This is wholly solly drama for killing innocent Pashtuns. There is no operation against the Taliban." Another villager add, "The Taliban are the real masters of Waziristan, they can do what they want." Another villager pointed out that they said that these militants are only afraid of Drones attacks.
At 10 AM we took a traditional lunch in a mosque. Then some of our friends fired on Kalashnikov (AKA 47). We left for Peshawar at 11 AM. We took an insight from our visit that the operation against militants in Waziristan is just a drama and no one is countering Taliban. We didn't saw any FC men or army men in Miran Shah and in Mir Ali Bazar but only long haired Taliban. Taliban only fear drones. I think that drone is the only way to counter these militants.
Village elders with glorious turbans
Our friends with the kids
We in a Hujra (traditional guest house)
Fayaz Dawar is the President of Azad Pukhtoon Students Federation Peshawar University.
The writer is a famous student leader currently the Youth Co-Ordinator of Aman Tehrik Pukhtoonkhwa(Peace Movement Pakhtunkhwa) and also the member of Executive Committee Azad Pukhtoon Students Federation.