PESHAWAR - Cultural Journalists Forum (CJF) expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of renowned Pashto poet, critic, researcher and writers, Dr Raj Wali Shah Khattak, who died of heart attack on Monday night and was laid to rest at his ancestor village, Dak Ismail Khel, Nowshera on Tuesday.

President CJF Ihtisham Toru said that the sudden demise of the epic poet and writer is a huge loss for the Pashto literature. He added that during his lifetime association with Pashto literature, Raj Wali Shah Khattak has rendered enormous services to Pakhtun literature, which will always be remembered by Pakhtuns.

He said that he was not only an epic ghazal writer, but also did huge research work in the field of culture, heritage, poetry, Pakhtunwali and other fields of literature. Besides this, Toru added, Raj Wali Khattak has also trained hundreds of students during his association with Pashto department, University of Peshawar who will continue their services for the Pakhtun culture.

General Secretary of the forum, Rokhan Yousufazai, Vice President Amjid Ali Khadim and other members of the forum also expressed their grief over the sad demise of the Pashto poet and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.