PESHAWAR – In order to pay homage to the Afghan national hero and the Maiwand victor, Ghazi Sardar Muhammad Ayub Khan, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Culture, Mian Iftikhar Hussain visited his mausoleum in Durrani Graveyard, Wazir Bagh, Peshawar.

He laid floral wreath on his mausoleum and offered Fateha for his soul. DCO Nowshera Ayaz Khan Mandokhel, who was accompanying the Minister also laid floral wreath on the mausoleum of the great victor. They also visited the graves of other dignitaries buried in the Durrani Graveyard compound including his mother, brother and other close family members and prayed for their eternal peace.

It may be called that the second Anglo-Afghan War at Maiwand near Kandahar in Afghanistan was fought on July 27, 1880, where Ghazi Ayub Khan successfully led 600 men and intercepted the British Army at this place in order to thwart invasion of Afghanistan. The British Army’s 66th (Berkshire) Regiment led by Gen. Burrows suffered its most embarrassing defeat at the hands of Ayub Khan. The victory is often cited as being perhaps the only instance wherein Asiatic Leader won a pitched battle fought against a verily superior European Army.

Mian Iftikhar, while paying glowing tributes to Ghazi Ayub Khan, said that he (Ayub Khan) was the only personality in the world who was the undisputed national hero of all Afghans in the entire world. He added that Ayub Khan was the great freedom fighter and his personality was a role model for the oppressed people. He said, as a spokesman and representative of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he for the first time officially visited the Mausoleum of the great Victor Ayub Khan, but due to the holy month of Ramazan ul Mubark, the program was held with simplicity intending that a great program in this connection would be arranged after Ramazan.

The Minister on this occasion also diverted the attention of the Afghan government particularly the Afghan Consulate in Peshawar towards the importance of the Victor of Maiwand and stressed upon it to regularly arrange program in the memory of the great Afghan Hero at his mausoleum each year for guidance for the new generation. He, while expressing his sorrow over the dilapidated condition and steeling of some tablets of the mausoleum, directed the early repair and renovation of the mausoleum and also issued directives for strict security of it.