Qissa Khwani Bazaar

Qissa Khwani Bazaar

Qissa Khwani Bazaar

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The Kissa Khwani Bazaar (Pashto:کيسه خوانې بازار, ) (or 'Market of Story-tellers' ) is a bazaar of Peshawar, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (then N.-W.F.) province Gazetteer, traveller Lowell Thomas and Peshawar's British commissioner Herbert Edwardes called it "the Piccadilly of Central Asia".

Some of the business of Kissa Kahani Bazaar are bamboo, sweets, faluda and silver utensils which are still there and active. One of them are Khan Muhammad Bhramchari Bamboo (Now Maqsood Bamboo) Shop and Lahore Sweet House.

There are also several publishing houses of books in this bazaar with a long tradition of publishing Pashto, Urdu and Persian books. Saba, Fazl and Danish publishing houses are examples of such publishers.

It was the site of a massacre when British soldiers fired upon a crowd of unarmed protesters in 1930.

Notable persons

  • Shahrukh Khan's father was from Qissa Khwani Bazaar. Dilip Kumar (Yousaf Khan) , a Pashtun Indian actor, was also born here.

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