Kashmiri-origin Pathan, first reporter of Turkey’s century-old media organisation
Whereas Turkey’s civilisational linkages with the Indian subcontinent are centuries outdated, sure luminaries cemented this relationship within the early 20th century.
Realising the significance of media, when Turkish leaders based world wire Anadolu Company, precisely 100-years in the past on April 6, 1920, South Asian born Abdur Rehman Peshawari held the excellence to develop into certainly one of its very first reporters.
Born in Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, in 1886 in a rich Samdani household, Peshawari who was learning at India’s world-famous Aligarh Muslim College (AMU) deserted his research to affix folks’s mission to assist Turkey throughout Balkan warfare. Initially, natives of Kashmir, his household had settled in Peshawar to arrange a enterprise.
In an unique interview with Anadolu Company, Peshawari’s nephew Mohammad Saleem Jan mentioned that his uncle had earned the sobriquet of Lala Turkey and Chacha Turkey.
Lala, within the Pashto language, refers to elder brother.
President Erdogan talked about my uncle’s contribution which has generated numerous curiosity among the many folks in Peshawar who, surprisingly, weren’t a lot conscious of him,” he mentioned.
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Jan can also be the grandson of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly often known as Bacha Khan, a well known Pashtun icon and a towering chief of the Indian subcontinent, who fought in opposition to British. His drawing-room is adorned with the photographs of his uncle, Abdur Rehman Peshawari, Bacha Khan and his maternal uncle Khan Abdul Wali Khan.
Anadolu Company: You’re the nephew of Abdur Rahman Peshawari, may you inform us about his adolescence?
Mohammad Saleem Jan (MSJ): First, I want to thank President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for reviving reminiscences of Abdur Rahman Peshawari. Surprisingly folks right here weren’t a lot conscious of him. Quickly after Erdogan talked about him, it evoked curiosity amongst media individuals.
Peshawari in a short while contributed to Turkey, the place he has carved a distinct segment in historical past.
My grandfather had migrated from Baramulla, northern district of Indian-administered Kashmir to Peshawar. He got here right here and stayed together with his uncle. He began his enterprise and did fairly properly and have become a rich particular person in Peshawar. He had a big household, a few of which gained outstanding positions throughout his life. Amongst them was Lala Turkey. We additionally known as him Chacha Turkey [Uncle Turkey] as a result of we related him with Turkey. He was very extremely regarded within the household for his varied achievements.
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Q: How lengthy he stayed in Peshawar?
MSJ: He was born in Peshawar in 1888. However some say the yr of delivery is 1886. He studied at Edwards Excessive Faculty. He wassportsman as properly. For greater research, he travelled to Aligarh and joined Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental School, now often known as Aligarh Muslim College. A delegation of paramedics was going to Turkey, to assist wounded within the Balkan warfare. He was not a paramedic. However he did a course in paramedic, to qualify to develop into a member of the delegation. And he certified after which he grew to become a member of the delegation, which went to Turkey in 1912.
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Q: When he determined to go away for Turkey, what was the response of the household?
MSJ: My father and different elders instructed me that, he [Peshawari] knew his father wouldn’t permit him to go. So, to boost cash, he bought his private belongings. After which he got here to Peshawar to fulfill his father, earlier than leaving. The remainder of the members of the mission returned after eight months. However he stayed again in Turkey and joined the Ottoman military. He fought in Beirut and was a part of the Gallipoli marketing campaign throughout World Struggle I. As a consequence of his fluency in Pashto, Persian, and English he was later appointed as ambassador of Turkey in Afghanistan from 1920 to 1922.
He fought Turkey’s Struggle of Independence alongside Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the daddy of the Turkish nation. He was wounded 3 times. He was assassinated in Istanbul in 1925, apparently mistaken Rauf Orbay Bey, the primary prime minister of Turkey after the warfare of independence.
As we heard that Armenian who most likely wished to kill Rauf bey however they shot Abdur Rahman Peshawari, in his again, considering he was the prime minister, due to the shut resemblance. He was within the hospital for a month however succumbed to accidents.
Married to the trigger
Q: Did you ever visited his grave?
MSJ: I went in 2013 to go to the graveyard and I spent three hours there. The situation of the graveyard, I couldn’t find his grave. However some years in the past, when my nephew went, his grave had been discovered.
Q: How was his life in Turkey. Did he elevate a household?
MSJ: He was round 39 or 40 years outdated when he died. He had not married. Turkish folks gave him numerous love and affection even Rauf bey thought of him as a part of his household. His mom handled him as her son. That they had insisted on him married in Turkey. However he would say, I’m married to my trigger. And trigger the struggle for the liberation of Turkey from the imperialist forces. He achieved that trigger.
I’m very grateful to the Turkish authorities, folks and particularly President Erdogan who introduced him to the limelight.
Now after 100 years, his reminiscences have been revived and he has been acknowledged. Our household that features all of the cousins are grateful to the President for acknowledging the sacrifice of Lala Turkey.
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Q: He by no means comes again to Peshawar. Did he hold contacts with household?
MSJ: He by no means returned to Peshawar. He was in contact. The household had requested him to return again, he refused and mentioned that I cannot return until Anatolia is underneath occupation.
Later when he grew to become the Turkish ambassador to Afghanistan, his father despatched him once more a message to return to Peshawar and go to the household. However he mentioned he is not going to set foot on occupied India which was dominated by the British. Then my grandfather and uncles went to Afghanistan, visited him and stayed with him for a while. His father once more tried to steer him to return. However he didn’t.
Possessions in British archives
Q: Do you’ve gotten his reminiscences in your possession?
MSJ: Sadly, we should not have something besides his pictures. We had been instructed that his medals, his uniform and his dairy which he used to put in writing, all had been handed over to certainly one of my uncle Barrister Abdul Aziz as a result of he was his brother. However later they had been confiscated by the British. And they’re now with the British. I’ve made an enchantment to governments of Pakistan and Turkey, that now it’s 100 years, they need to try to get again that diary and different possessions.
That diary has historic significance. One can study rather a lot about from the diary and it’ll open up particulars of many historic occasions. As a result of throughout his 13 years in Turkey, the letters that he wrote, or no matter there isn’t a file of that wherever.
As soon as once more by way of Anadolu Company, I enchantment to the British authorities to return that dairy and different issues which they’ve stored of their archives.
Q: Are you aware Abdu Rehman Peshawari was additionally the primary reporter and founding father of Anadolu Company?
SMJ: Oh, sure. I do know that. I’m grateful to Anadolu Company that you’re nonetheless remembering him and from this Platform, you might be holding my uncle’s values alive. We are going to always remember this love and affection.
Q: Peshawari is a pleasure for Pakistan and particularly for the folks of Peshawar as he was belonging to this metropolis. What you suppose was the one most achievement of your uncle?
MSJ: Being a member of the family can’t boast what a terrific folks, our elders had been. Leaving apart the connection. If you happen to have a look at the person, and also you have a look at the sacrifices, and also you have a look at his dedication, his perseverance, the way in which he went about and devoted himself to a nation distant from his dwelling, that makes me very proud. And I’m positive anyone who considers all these factors will really feel very, very proud. And I believe the brotherly relationship between Turkey and Pakistan, it doesn’t matter what you say, it reverts across the contribution and basis laid by Abdur Rahman Peshswari and Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, who was the chief of the medical mission.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to email@example.com