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Mir Gul Khan Naseer - An Introduction
Mir wrote poems in English, Urdu, Persian, Brahui and Balochi. He began writing Urdu poetry of revolutionary nature, aimed at raising political awareness among the Baloch people in general and the Baloch youth in particular. He soon switched from Urdu to start composing poetry in Balochi and gave a new dimension to modern Balochi revolutionary poetry. "Gulbang" the first collection of his Balochi poetry appeared in 1951. It was regarded as the Bible of the Baloch revolutionary poetry. His literary work was not confined to poetry but he is also respected as an authority on Baloch history. He wrote a series of books on Baloch history and also translated several books and collection of poetries from different languages into Balochi. A list of his literary work includes:
GulBaang (1951), History of Balochistan (1952) (Urdu) Volume 1, History of Balochistan (1957) (Urdu) Volume 2, Daastaan-e-Dostain o Sheereen (1964), Koch o Baloch (1969), Garand (1971), Balochistan Kay Sarhadi Chaapa Maar (1979), Seenai Keechaga (1980), Mashad Na Jang Naama (1981), Shah Latif Gusheet (1983), Gulgaal (1993) is the ninth compilation Mir Gul Khan's poetry. Shanblaak (1996) is Mir Gul Khan Nasir's tenth collection of Balochi Poetry which also includes Urdu translations.
From the very beginning Mir Gul Khan Naseer was attracted to nationalist politics. He began the political career during his student life in Lahore, where he played an important role in Baloch aur Balochistani Thalba Ki Anjuman, a student organization formed by the Baloch students on advice of Mir Yousaf Ali Khan Magsi. He participated actively in student politics and was part of various political organizations throughout his political career to strive for the rights of the people of Balochistan.
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