Qissa Khawani Bazaar

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The Kissa Khwani Bazaar (Pashto:کيسه خوانې بازار, Urdu: قصه خواني بازار‎) (or 'Bazaar of The Story-tellers') is a bazaar of Peshawar, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (then N.-W.F.) province Gazetteer,[1] traveller Lowell Thomas[2] and Peshawar's British commissioner Herbert Edwardes[3] called it "the Piccadilly of Central Asia".

Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was born in Qissa Khwani Bazaar on or about 11 December 1922.[4] It was the site of Qissa Khwani bazaar massacre, when a large crowd of unarmed local protesters was crushed and fired upon by British armoured cars and soldiers.

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  1. ^ Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) (1931). Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (then N.-W.F.) Province Gazetteers. 
  2. ^ Of Piccadilly and Qissa Khwani bazaar (April 2003) Syed Amjad Hussain
  3. ^ Victoria Schofield (2003). Tauris Parke Paperbacks, ed. Afghan Frontier: Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia (illustrated ed.). p. 46. ISBN 1-86064-895-9. 
  4. ^ Ekbal, Nikhat (2009). Great Muslims of undivided India. Gyan Publishing House. p. 8. ISBN 8-1783-5756-9. Retrieved 2013-07-20. "Dilip Kumar, was born on December 11, 1922 as Muhammad Yusuf Khan, in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan, in a Pashtun household of twelve children."