ISLAMABAD: A Khowar book containing more than 357 proverbs of the language spoken dominantly in Chitral has been published with Urdu translation, says a press release.
The Forum for Language Initiatives (FLI) provided technical and financial support to the young author, Afsar Ali Khan, in his effort to bring out the fascinating document in his native language. Khowar is one of the rare languages spoken in the northern Pakistan which have been used for writing, though for odd purposes. The current collection, Khowar Matalan Gurzain (a pool of Chitrali proverbs) is yet another but handsome addition.
The FLI, a resource centre for preservation and promotion of the minor languages of northern Pakistan, has been facilitating the people and groups in documenting their mother tongues for the purpose of their conservation and development by providing documentation training, software tools and other technical support and monetary funding. Mr. Afsar is one of dozen other enthusiasts who completed their book and took the job of serving their mother tongue who were trained by the FLI.
Mr. Afsar has been in the field of language development for years running MLE schools in Khowar language for preschool aged kids in his town Mastuj, Chitral. The Khowar language owes him a lot of honour for the services he is rendering. The recent contribution in the form of compilation of Khowar proverbs will benefit not only the speech community of Chitral but also the academia for further research in the language in days to come.
Published in chitraltoday on 12th Feb 2016