Akhunzada Mukhtar Ali Nayyar
A man of letters, Akhunzada Mukhtar Ali Nayyar, was popularly known as Baba-i-Hindko, in the literary circles of Peshawar in Pakistan.
Erudite Nayyar born into a scholarly family devoted his entire life to literary pursuits. Author of more than 20 books on topics such as history, lexicography, evolution and Hindko, and Urdu literature, he was a poet, prose writer, columnist, linguist, researcher, historian and lexicographer. For his contribution to the language he was known as Baba-i-Hindko.
His television programmes in Hindko, including Dekhda Janda Ra'y and Main Boloon Kay Nah Boloon, were reflective of his sharp critical gaze that impacted not only the Hindko-speaking community but also general viewers.
In the mid-1980s he scripted Hindko folk stories, which won much appreciation from critics and readers.
The literary journal Hindko Zuban was launched in 1973 under his editorship. It continued to be published until 1977 and was later re-launched in 1989.
Nayyar was conferred the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, by the government of Pakistan, in 1992, for his remarkable contribution in the field of literature.
Born in Peshawar Nayyar whose ancestors belonged to the Akhun Khel tribe and were disciples of Diwana Baba in Buner, started his career in teaching profession.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan