PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Senator Zeeshan Khanzada has said eminent Pashto humorous poet Akmal Lewanay is a valuable asset for Pashto literature and his work will be honoured and preserved.

The senator from the ruling party said Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz has promised to extend financial assistance to the ailing poet. While talking to a delegation of journalists from his hometown Mardan, Senator Khanzada said Akmal Lewanay should not put on sale his collection of books and instead hand it over to Peshawar Library so that his amazing poetry, which is the outcome of his lifelong efforts, could reach to the coming generations.

Senator Khanzada hoped that with financial assistance to Akmal Lewanay, his problems relating to medical treatment will be resolved.

Few days ago TNN conducted an interview with Akmal Lewanay during which he said he was having a difficult time nowadays due to lack of resources for his medical treatment.

Such is the current state of the poor poet that he has now presented his books for auction to arrange money for his treatment. Akmal Lewanay has problem in his knees on which he has spent lakhs of rupees, but there is no improvement.

The 74-year-old poet said while talking to TNN that he cannot afford to pay hefty fee of doctors and buy expensive medicines, and now he has presented his books for auction to arrange money for further treatment.

Akmal Lewanay said he was attending Mushairas and arranging book stalls for the last 50 years in which the lovers of Pashto literature used to take keen interest. He said that practice was a source of income for him and his life was well set, but his knee surgery in March last year wasn’t successful and he is confined to his bed since then.

Akmal said he has a collection of 6,000 Pashto books in his home and he wants to sale these books, but can’t do so due to health reasons. The announcement of Akmal Lewanay about selling his books went viral on social media after which many people have came forward to extend help to him. Bacha Khan Trust is one such helper which has announced Rs100,000 assistance for the veteran poet.

The winner of several awards, Akmal has published three collections of his poetry including Chapawoona, Lewantob (madness) and Tortam (complete darkness).