Islamabad, September 23: A highly respected Afghan-Wakhi scholar, poet and cultural activist, Ustad Tazagul Sazgar, has passed away in a road accident in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.
According to information received by Pamir Times Ustod Sazgar was returning home from work when his vehicle overturned, taking life of the 57 year old scholar. He was born in Qazideh village located in the Wakhan corridor.
The death of Ustod Sazgar is being seen as a major blow for cultural progress of the Wakhi speaking communities in Afghanistan.
Mehboob Aziz, who knows Ustad Sazgar as a colleague and friend, paid rich tributes to the scholarly work of Ustad Sazgar while talking to Pamir Times from Gulmit, Gojal.
“Ustod Sazgar has written hundreds of poems in Wakhi and Persian languages”, Mehboob said. He also said that Ustod Sazgar has written several unpublished works on Wakhi culture and society.
Ustad Sazgar had spent some time in Gojal during the 90s after fleeing Afghanistan as a result of the the Taliban uprising. Ustoz Sazgar was among the hundreds of Afghan nationals who fled to Pakistan in search of economic opportunities and to evade persecution at the hands of Taliban.
He wrote several Wakhi songs to express his love for the region during his stay in Gojal Valley. One of his Persian poems about Gulmit is very famous among young and old in the village.
Ustod Sazgar was a strong advocate of cultural activism for bringing the societies closer to each other.
A bright chapter in the history of Wakhi cultural activism and poetry comes to and end with the demise of the beloved Ustod.
As a token of his appreciation for Pamir Times, Ustod Sozgor had shared a hand-written Wakhi manuscript, posted on this blog on February 28, 2008.
Click HERE to read the manuscript of Nazir Ahmed Bulbul’s song hand written by Ustod Sazgar.