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 Khawani bazaar massacre, when a large crowd of unarmed local protesters was crushed and fired upon by British armoured cars and soldiers.

QISA KHWANI BAZAR: During the region of Kanishka merchants used to come here, they used to do business at day time and at night they would go to an inn, sat around fire, sipping Qahwa and used to tell stories. Thus the bazar got its name "the Bazaar of Story Tellers".

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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.