Khatir Afridi

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Khatir Afridi (Pashto: خاطر اپریدے ‎) (1929-August 24, 1961) was a Pashton poet of the Pashto language. He died young but left behind a son who compiled all of his father's work into a volume.

He was born as Misree Khan in 1929, at Landi Kotal, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, near the BD;Line of Division, and died on August 24, 1961. Misree Khan was born to Afridi parents of the Zakka Khel clan. 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.

(Edited by: Dilawar Khan Buneri),

His son Javed Khan published his poetry with the name of "Kulyaat-e-Khatir" which has a unique place in Pashto literature. He belonged to Khyber Agency (native and birthplace of Great Hamza Baba), once Hamza Baba said, "when I saw him in a meeting I didn't believe that this person is such a poet, but when he started reciting his Ghazzal I was surprised."

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."

He is the poet of Ghazzal and Poem, most of his poetry was sung by legend Pashto singers, like Sardar Ali Takkar, Khyal Muhammad, Gulzar Alam, Shah Wali, Farzana etc.

Da hijraan pa shpa deewa pa laas ke raghla—
Khudai khabar che charta tla pa laas ke raghla—
Raqeeban kho de ous tol rala ra-teir shi—
Che yaar raghay no wasla pa laas ke raghla—
Che me sabar, umeed dwaara warpasay krral—
Che da zaan na khabreda pa laas ke raghla—
Che pa tlo ke shwa muskai no bia ba raashi—
Ae Khatira! bas raaza pa laas ke raghla—


One of his poems is:
<poem style="margin-left:2em;font-style:italic">
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 de o kro—
ze la se ne wayem chi dagh day pa zre—
te la peghor kri chi deedar de o kro—
zama da zre daghona hala shmara—
ka da de khpeli khanda shmar de o kro—
khatira ze de ta na cha ori yrm—
war ba de rashi kho ka war de o kro—


zra pa de na da che nawala makh da.
che kam ye khwakh she hagha khkola makh de.
makhona der de kho da makh ma khwakh da.
wallah pa tolo ke watala makh da.
sajid ali afridi