Saba Dashtyari

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Saba Dashtyari
Saba baloch.jpg
Born 1953
Karachi, Pakistan
Died June 1, 2011(2011-06-01)
Quetta, Pakistan
Residence Quetta, Pakistan
Fields Professor of Islamic studies

Ghulam Hussain Saba Dashtyari (born 1954 - died 1 June 2011) (Urdu, Balochi: صبا دشتیاری بلوچ) commonly known as "Saba Dashtyari", was a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Balochistan in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

Born in 1953 in Lyari district of Karachi, Pakistan in a lower-middle-class family, Dashtiyari taught Islamic studies at the University of Balochistan, Quetta and was respected as a leading Balochi language writer and intellectual whose literary works appeared in leading journals and magazines. He had authored several books and laid the foundation of a premier Balochi language academy in Karachi. Saba held a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Islamic Studies and taught theology. He was fluent in many languages including English, Urdu, Persian and Arabic.

Literary career[edit]

His literary contributions include more than 24 books on Balochi literature, history, poetry and translations. He also established the Syed Zahoor Shah Hashmi reference library, World’s largest library on Balochi literature, in Malir area of Karachi. He funded this library with his own salary.

The library houses more than 150,000 books in various languages on Balochi literature, culture and civilization. Furthermore, he also compiled an index and bibliography of Balochi literature published in the past 50 years.

He was working on compiling an encyclopedia in the Balochi language. One of his last projects before his assassination was the proof reading of the complete collection of Balochi poems by Mir Gul Khan Nasir. This project was completed and the book was published just a few weeks before his assassination.


1. Falsafa-e-Islam o Younaan (1985)
2. Gulkaar o Chakankaar (1990)
3. Mutaaleh-e-Falsafa (1993)
4. Houn Houshaam (1994)
5. Balochi Zubaan an Aakibat (volume 1) (1995)
6. Gungodaame'n Sarzameen (1996)
7. Balochi Zubaan an Aakibat (volume 2) (1998)
8. Angare'n Waahag (1999)
9. Tranagaani Bunzeh (2001)
10. Be Tawaari a Darya (2002)
11. Aas o Aasaib (2006)
12. Balochi Zubaan o Labzaank(Index Research) (3 Volumes Published)

Political activities[edit]

Dashtyari giving lecture during a programme.

In recent years, Dashtyari was actively participating in rallies and seminars in support of Balochistan.[citation needed]


On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Prof. Saba Dashtyari was killed by personnel of ISI (Pakistani intelligence agencies ), which is highly active in Balochistan for covert operations. Pakistani isi personnel opened fire on Dashtyari while he was taking his evening walk on Sariab Road, Quetta, after teaching his evening Balochi class at the University of Balochistan.[1] In his last speech, on 28 May 2011, he had said, "We should not be afraid of truth; the inability of pakistani intelligence agencies to face the truth has made them mad and now they are killing Baloch people to conquer Balochistan".



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