Kabir Stori

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Kabir Stori in Khas Kunar, Afghanistan (May 2005)

Kabir Stori (6 April 1942 - 4 April 2006) (Pashto: ډاکتر کبیر ستوری‎ also spelled as Storai, Storay, Storae) was a famous patriotic poet and writer from Kunar Province of Afghanistan. He wrote books on psychology in the Pashto language. He was chairman of the Pashtoons Social Democratic Party, a political party that he founded until his death.

Early life[edit]

Stori was born on 6 April 1942 in Khas Kunar, a village in Kunar Province of Afghanistan. Stori was Mirdadkhel, a clan of the Yousafzai Pashtun tribe.[1][2] His primary education was from a government elementary school in Khas Kunar; later he joined the Rahman Baba Lycee in Kabul to further his education. He was selected by the Afghan government to study in Germany. He studied psychology with political science, sociology and philosophy from the universities of Frankfurt, Cologne and Marburg, attaining a doctorate in natural sciences (Diplom Psychologist, Dr.rer.nat).[3][4]

Political activities[edit]

In 1966 Stori founded the Afghan Students Association in Frankfurt, serving as its chairman. He also served as chairman of the General Union of Afghan Students in 1972 and the National Liberation Union of Pashtuns and Balochs in Frankfurt in 1976. He worked for the Voice of Germany in 1973 as an announcer/editor in the Pashto service. He founded the Pashtoons Social Democratic Party (PSDP) in February 1981 in Germany and was first elected chairman.[5]

He also served on the editorial boards of various magazines including:

  • Sparghai (1972) (monthly) published by the 'General Union of Afghan Students',
  • Olas Ghag (1976) published by the 'National Liberation Union of Pashtoons and Baluchs',
  • Peer Rokhan (1978) (monthly),
  • Lamba (1985) (monthly),
  • De Khyber Wagma (1986) (monthly) published in Germany and
  • Pashtoonkhwa (1978) published by Social Democratic Party - Germany.

He played a pivotal role in

  • De Pakhtano Kulturi Tolana - Germany (Pashtoon Cultural Association) in 1985,
  • Pakhtoon Kor - Germany(1993) and
  • the Pakhtoonkhwa Pohanay Dera (1998) (The Pashtoonkhwa Home of Science) in Peshawar and in the year 2003 the Pakhto Adabi Hunari Tolana in Kunar.

Prison stay[edit]

Afghan national Kabir Stori was arrested on 16. January 1983 in Pakistan by the dictatorial regime of General Zia-ul-Haq while visiting his family in Peshawar. Kabir Stori was reportedly arrested for endangering the security of Pakistan.[6][7][8] Amnesty International has received reports that he has been tortured. Stori spent one and half years in different prisons of Peshawar because of his Political ideals of supporting the Pashtoon cause.

Leading political and diplomatic circles in the Federal Republic of Germany have been made aware of his fate by the Voice of Germany. The RFFU has taken steps to secure the release of Stori.[9] Hermann Schreiber, chief reporter, published in the GEO (magazine) on 11th August 1983, a report on the case Stori. [10][11]

Literary works[edit]

Stori’s poems are mostly about patriotism. His poem collections include

  • Skarwatta (Embers): An Anthology of Poems,(1976, published together with another Afghan Poet, Germany)
  • Jwandi Khyaloona (Alive Thoughts), (1997, Designed and printed by KOR, Publications Department, Peshawar Pakistan)
  • De Qalam Tora (Sword of the Pen), (1999, Designed and printed by Danish Culture Association; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • Sandareez Paigham (Message by the songs), (2002, Designed and printed by Danish Culture Association; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • Khwagi Misrai (Sweetest Verses), (2006, Designed and printed by Danish Culture Association; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • Kulyaat, (2007, Designed and printed by Danish Culture Association; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)

Research works[edit]

His psychological works include

  • Wira (Fear): theories, measurement and therapy of fear, (1985,1990 Germany; 2001, Peshawar Pakistan, printed by KOR, Publications Department; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • De Wire Tala (Psychology), (1992, Germany)
  • De Hukhyartia Tala (Intelligence-Test), (2000, Designed and printed by KOR, Publications Department; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • Zabsapohana (Language Psychology), (2000, Designed and printed by Danish Culture Association; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • De Hokhyartia Kulturi be Palawa Tala (Kulturfairer Intelligenz-Test (C-I- T)) in three languages (Pashtu, English and German), (2004, Designed and printed by KOR, Publications Department; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)
  • De Pedaikhti Banno De Hokhyartia Tala (Naturformen des Intelligenztests (N-I-T), in three languages (Pashtu, English and German), (2004, Designed and printed by KOR, Publications Department; Publisher: The Pakhtoonkhwa Home of Science, Peshawar/Pakistan)

Death and tributes[edit]

Dr. Kabir Stori Lycee in Khas Kunar, Afghanistan.

After serving his language and the cause of Pashtuns for several years, Stori suffered a heart attack and died on 4 April 2006 in Wesseling, Germany. He is survived by his wife, five sons and two daughters. He was buried in his native graveyard in Khas Kunar, Afghanistan.

On the 7th anniversary of his death, the school in his hometown was renamed from "Khas Kunar Lycee" to "Dr. Kabir Stori Lycee". [12]

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