Rehmat Aziz Chitrali

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Rehmat Aziz Chitrali
Rehmat Aziz Chitrali interviewing MNA chitral for Khyber News TV Khowar Programme Chhetraro Hawaz voice of chitral.jpg
Rehmat Aziz Chitrali (left)
Native name رحمت عزیز چترالی
Born (1970-04-25) 25 April 1970 (age 45)
Chitral, North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Pakistan
Occupation Urdu poet, Khowar poet, Broadcast journalist
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Khoshey
Citizenship Pakistan
Education MA Islamic Studies with specialisation in Quran and Tafseer – LL.B, Degree in Library & Information Sciences and research in Khowar
Genre Ghazal; Free verse Nazm & Humorous poetry;
Notable works Guldasta-e-Rahmat, Guldan-e-Rahmat; Gul Afshaniat-e-Iqbal;
Notable awards Shandoor Award; CHDWO Award; Sanad-e-Imtiaz; Children Literature Award;

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali (Urdu: رحمت عزیز چترالی ‎) also widely regarded as Mohsin-e-Lisaniyaat (Urdu: محسن لسانیات‎; 25[1] April 1970) is an Urdu and Khowar poet, from Chitral, North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Pakistan. He works as journalist, columnist, linguistic[2] TV show host and Khowar language political analyst.[3] Chitrali was at the forefront of the Khowar Language Movement and was most active between 1990 to 2012. His father's name is Dur Khan[4] and he belonged to the Khow family of the Khoshey clan. Rehmat Aziz's mother "Bibi Hoorana Begum" belonged to the Ziley branch of the Riza clan.[citation needed] Dur Khan had two sons and three daughters. Chitrali is number two among his five siblings.

He is the former President of Anjuman-e-Tarraqui-e-Khowar, and Khowar Academy. He is working as the Khowar language Television programme, Chitraro Hawaz (Voice of Chitral, Urdu: چترال کی آواز ‎), at the AVT Khyber Media Group[5] and also writes Khowar News for Khyber News TV and hosts Chetraro Hawaaz on Khyber News.[4] Previously he has worked in PTV's programme Sunday Brunch[6] with Rashid Sammi. He has written many books on prose and poetry. His poetry work has been appreciated by poets and writers of Pakistan.[7]


Rehmat Aziz Chitrali was born in Chitral, Pakistan. He studied at Federal University of Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad Pakistan and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. He settled in Karachi, Pakistan in 1985. He moved to Islamabad after his marriage to Hashima Chitrali an Chitral-based teacher in 2007. Now, they settled in Rech, Chitral, Pakistan.[citation needed]


Chitrali studied until 10th in Torkhow, (now tearus); For further studies he was sent to Booni University where he got admission into the Government Inter College, Booni. After passing his F.A examination from this college, he went to Karachi to pursue a higher education. He passed his Master Degree in Islamic Studies with specialisation in Quran and Tafseer, LL.B. and Library and Information Degree.[8]


Chitrali came into the spotlight with his program Chetraro Hawaz the Chitrali language's longest-running current affairs TV show. His show carried interviews with prominent people from politics, civil life, literature and culture. Politicians who were interviewed on Chetraro Hawaz included Prince of Chitral Mohiuddin, former Member National Assembly Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Qazi Fazal Elahi, Wing Commandar Fardad Ali Shah, Educationist Syed Wali Shah, Social Worker Sultan Mehmood Minister for population and Welfare Government of Khyber Pakhtun khwa Saleem Khan, PTV Producer Habib-ur-Rahman, and Ismaili Religious Scholar Syed Amir Shah.[9]

Chetraro Hawaz – Khyber News TV[edit]

In April 2009, Chitrali joined Khyber News TV, at Khyber News TV, he hosted the show, Chetraro Hawaz (Voice of Chitral). Due to his open criticism of the corrupt politicians of Pakistan on the show, R. A. Chitrali became a problem for the regime.[9]

Khowar Academy[edit]

In 1996 a literary organisation named "Khowar Academy" was formed to promote the language of Chitral and for the rights of the people of Chitral District. He is the president of this organisation and is an active participant. During this time he briefly held the office of President of Anjuman-e-Tarraquir-e-Khowar in Karachi. The Khow youth elected Chitrali as General Secretary of this organisation while Ali Afsar Jan Advocate was the President. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali resigned from his designation to promote the new organisation. Afraid of the popularity of the Anjuman, the anti-chitralis conspired against the Organization.

Literary career[edit]

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali receiving Shandoor literature and journalism Award from Prince Mohiuddin

The candour and frankness of his highly-charged poems is unusual for a young generation writing in Urdu and Khowar language and he has gained a committed national audience, performing at large poetry gatherings in Pakistan. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali wrote poems in Chitrali, Urdu and Khowar language. Most of his poems are in Khowar and Urdu languages. He was good friends with Ahmad Faraz. Once Faraz Sahib was the managing director of National Book Foundation offered to translate Rehmat Aziz's poems in Urdu but Rehmat Aziz turned down the offer. Most of Rehmat Aziz's Urdu poetry was written between 1985–2012. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali's Urdu and Khowar poetry is filled with revolutionary and anti-imperialist themes and it reflects his progressive nature and socialist ideals. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali is very much against the class differences that prevailed at that time, and still do. His poems exhibit his dislike for the chauvinistic attitude of the rich towards the poor.[citation needed]

Troyki is a form of Khowar/Chitrali poetry initiated by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali. Unlike sher, a Troyki consists of three "hemistichs" (misras). The first two are complete in themselves but the addition of the third misra gives a new dimension.[citation needed]


An example of Rachitrali's Troyki:

اللہ مہ خودای تہ نام رحمان دی رحیم دی
تو غفار دی، غفورالرحیم دی
کرم کوس اسپہ سورا تو رب کریم دی
Allah ma khodai, ta nam Rahman di Raheem di
tu ghaffar di, ghafoor-ur-Raheem di
karam kos ispa sora tu Rabb-e-Karim di !!
O my Allah! Your name is Rahman and Raheem
You are Ghaffar also, and you are Ghafoor-ur-Raheem
O Allah Help us, you are Rabb-e-Karim

Yak Misraee Nazm[edit]

Allama Iqbal's poetry translated into English and Khowar language by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali

Yak Misraee Nazm (Urdu:یک مصرعی نظم) is a part of the Khowar and Urdu poetry, that is normally written in one verse. Nazm has many different forms as, Yak Misraee Nazm is a form of Khowar/Chitrali poetry and Urdu poetry initiated by the khowar poet Rehmat Aziz Chitrali. Unlike sher, a Yak Misraee Nazm consists of one verse only. He is a member of younger generation of male poets. His experience of living in Karachi shows a notable impact on a significant number of poems. Living through Diaspora has increased the complexity of his poems and reinforced his sense of male identity and introduced a new revolution against restraint of creative writers in Pakistani society. In 1999, the Ministry of Culture, of Pakistan published his book, Gul Afshaniat-e-Iqbal (Versified Khowar Language translation of Allama Iqbal's Poetry).

Chitrali is also credited with authoring Khowar and Urdu humorous poetry. These works were published by Khowar Academy in 1996.


Chitrali wrote many books on history, phonology, research and poetry and translated several works from other languages into Khowar and Urdu.

Awards & Distinction[edit]

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali receiving Children Literature Award

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali was awarded Sanad-i-Imtiaz for Children Literature by Ministry of Education Government of Pakistan and National Book Foundation for his literary services.

Own poetry[edit]

In addition to studying classic poets like Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Ibn-e-Insha and sufi poets like Allama Iqbal, Buley Shah, Rehman Baba and Khushal Khan Khatak he has written his own poetry of Khowar language, of which there are around 500 ghazals.[3]

One of his early poems, which won the attention of Khowar poets during a khowar mushaira by ATK for young poets when Aziz was 25 years old, was:

ھردی یہ عزیزو مو ٹیر دک مشکل

مہ درد لادوا ھمو گیر دک مشکل
The tumultuous heart Aziz does not settle down no matter what
Perhaps there is no resolve to this pain of love.

ھردیو لووان دومان ریکو ضمیر نو نو ران
ھتوعو سار بشار گانیکو ھتے کورظاھیر نو نو ران
Self-pride kept from telling the condition of my heart
She did keep asking but we just couldn't tell.

ھانیسے مہ حالو کھیوت بشار گانس عزیز
کا ھو دوواھرتہ نیشیتای ھسے روپھیکو روخڅیتای
Why are you asking the condition of Aziz from me;
Once he sat down at her doorsill, he just couldn't get up.

— Rehmat Aziz Chitrali, Rehmat Aziz Chitrali’s Poetry


  1. ^ "Rehmat Aziz Chitrali— the reigning father of the Khowar language". 6 March 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Personal Directory Information". Linguist List. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hussain Ali & Akbar Ali). "About " Chitrali News". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Rehmat Aziz Chitrali— the reigning father of the Khowar language". 6 March 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "CHITRAL NEWS... Bringing you the latest News & Views from Chitral". 21 April 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pakistan Television Karachi Centre Pakistan, Programme Sunday Brunch, Producer Rashid Sami, Acting Rehmat Aziz Chitrali". PTV. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Anjuman Taraqi Khowar demands Civil Award for Rehmat Aziz Chitrali | PAMIR TIMES | Voices of the Mountain Communities". Pamir Times. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "". University of Allama Iqbal, Islamabad Pakistan. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Khyber TV launches Khowar programme". GroundReport. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] World Record in Linguistics
  • Chitral Vision
  • Express Tribune Rehmat Aziz’s interview to Express Tribune with the New York Times
  • Chitral Vision Khowar & Urdu Newspaper
  • The Dardistan Times
  • Demands for Civil Award for Rehmat Aziz Chitrali
  • [2] Rehmat Aziz Chitrali, the reigning father of Khowar language
  • [3]Rehmat Aziz Chitrali gets Yasirullah Shaheed Award 2015
  • [4] Rehmat Aziz Chitrali-computer-scientist-named-one-worlds-young-innovators
  • [5] Proud movement for Pakistan(News coverage about Rehmat Aziz’s achievements
  • [6] Rehmat Aziz’ Khowar language keyboard
  • [7] Chitral news converge about Rehmat’s achievements
  • [8]Rehmat Aziz Chitrali’s Startup
  • [9]Rehmat Aziz Chitrali, Life and works
  • [10] An article about Rehmat Aziz’s efforts, audios and fonts
  • [11] Rehmat Aziz’z Software(News coverage)
  • [12] Rehmat Aziz Chitrali’s Multilanguage text editor in Pakistani languages
  • [13] Rehmat Aziz Chitrali’s Books on Allama Iqbal
  • [14] Rehmat Aziz’z Khowar poetry
  • [15] International Innovation Award (Germany)2014
  • [16] More Awards on Chitrali Youth
  • [17] Nominated for Queen’s young leaders Award
  • [18]Gold Medal from Journalist Foundation Pakistan
  • [19] Chitrali develops Multilingual software
  • [20] Chitrali gets International Award