Dheran Shah Baba

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Dheran Shah Baba,
Published in Khyber.ORG on Monday, November 3 2008 (http://www.khyber.org)


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Dheran Shah Baba

Publishing Date: Monday, November 3 2008

Dheran Shah Baba was born in 1907 to a poor family of Nowshera Kalan. He was a close friend of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, also considered his right hand, and one of the founding members of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement. A simple, humble and devotional man, Bacha Khan had appointed him as the chief commander of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement in Nowshera district.

Dheran Shah was at the fore-front of anti-Kalabagh dam movement in the mid-1980s. The anti-Kabalagh dam movement gained momentum after a visit to the site by Bacha Khan, Muhammad Baba of Nowshera Kalan and Dheran Shah. He would narrate this historical journey to Kalabagh in almost each and every public gathering and would repeat his threats to be the first to blow him up if construction on the dam was started. "We had told the engineers on the site that the foundation of the dam would be laid only on our dead bodies".

He is also reputed to have travelled on foot to meet Bacha Khan when he was in exile in Kabul. Like other Khudai Khidmatgar's, he would cover the long distances in Charsadda, Nowshera, Mardan, Peshawar and Swabi on foot as it was a routine of Bacha Khan to come out of his hometown Charsadda with a few companions and would be later joined by hundreds.

Wearing a cloth-made cap, brown shalwar qameez and Charsadda chapli (shoes), he would rarely miss a political gathering of the ANP in Nowshera. His last public appearance was in the February 2008 elections, where he actively campaigned for the ANP when he addressed a huge crowd at Nowshera Kalan from his wheel-chair. In his private life, Dheran Shah had to bear the traumatic loss of his only son, Naushad Khan, who died in a road accident at a young age. He was survived by five daughters to mourn his death. Dheran Shah himself breathed his last in Nowshera Kalan, dying in June 2008 aged 100.

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Dheran Shah Baba,
Published in Khyber.ORG on Monday, November 3 2008 (http://www.khyber.org)