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Abdul Bari Jahani

Abdul Bari Jahani is considered to be one of the most famous contemporary poets of Pashto language. He was born in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, in 1948 and got his BA degree from Kabul University’s Faculty of Literature in 1972. In April 2015, he became the minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan. Prior to that, he worked for the Voice of America’s Pashto service in Washington DC as a producer/presenter from 1983 until his retirement in 2010. Jahani has published around twenty books; mostly consisting of his poetry but a few are on history and Pashto folk literature. He also wrote the current national anthem of Afghanistan which was approved in 2006. The following poem (Pride) is from one of his poetry collections, called 'Da Sabawoon Pa tama' (Hoping for Dawn), which was published in 1999.

Poems by Abdul Bari Jahani