The Last Testament Of Khush‐Hal Khan Khattak
Ke Ho Naam Afghaniyon Ka Buland
Let the tribes be lost in the unity of the nation,
So that the Afghans gain prestige!
Sitaron Pe Jo Dalte Hain Kumand
The youth to whom the stars are not out of bounds
Are the ones I love indeed—
Kehistan Ka Ye Bacha-e-Arjumand
In no way is this child of the mountains
Inferior to the Mughal.
Who Madfan Hai Khushhal Khan Ko Pasand
May I tell you my secret, O Comrade:
Khush‐hal Khan would much like that his burial place
Mughal Shahsawaron Ki Gard-e-Samand!
Be far from the reaches of the dust blown by the Mughal cavalry,
Carried by the mountain wind.
*Khush‐hal Khan Khattak was a well‐known patriotic poet of Pushto who forged a union of Afghan tribes of the Frontier to liberate Afghanistan from the Mughals. Only the Afridis among the tribes remained on his side till the last. About a hundred of his poems were published in translation from London in 1862.