<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Khatir Afridi
() was born as Misree Khan
in 1929, at Landi Kotal
, Federally Administered Tribal Areas
near the border of Afghanistan, and died on August 24, 1961. Misree Khan was born to Afridi
parents of the Zakka Khel clan
. He was a prominent poet of the Pashto language
but died young. He left behind a son, who has compiled all of his father's work into a volume.
Khatir was a few days old when his father died but his grandfather and uncle reared him very well and raised him like a son# Khatir, unfortunately, could not go to school# He took up a job at the Khyber Rifle's camp as a gardener and later on entered the line of private business. But he was fond of poetry and he learned to compose verses to the tunes of the rabab which was played by the maestro, Bagh-i-Haram, a resident of Malikdeen Khel who lived very close to Khatir.
Qayum Kausar Afridi, his closest companion, once said, "One day I asked Khatir to give me his manuscript so that I could preserve it# I kept it with me till his only son, Javed Khan, grew up and was able to publish it. Khatir dressed simply and would carry a pistol with him according to the tribal tradition. He always wore a black turban but was a polite and calm person. His poetry is simple and spontaneous."
One of his poems is:<blockquote>khe ##shola## deera chi inkar de o kro
zama da wara umar kar de o kro
khalak chi nakha ooli gori warta
ta chi makh pet kro no gozar... Read More