Qissa Khawani Bazaar

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The Kissa Khwani Bazaar (Pashto:کيسه خوانې بازار, Urdu: قصہ خوانی 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. Actor Shah Rukh Khan's family still lives in the area.[4] It was the site of the Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre in 1930, when a large crowd of unarmed local protesters was crushed and fired upon by British armoured cars and soldiers.[citation needed]

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".[citation needed]

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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. ^ Khan, Omer Farooq (19 March 2010). "SRK's ancestral home traced to Pakistan". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 October 2014. There is a strong misperception about Shah Rukh's identity who is widely considered as a Pathan. In fact, his entire family speaks Hindko language. His ancestors came from Kashmir and settled in Peshawar centuries back, revealed Maqsood.