MARDAN: Under the orders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, Additional Deputy Commissioner Mardan Nek Muhammad Khan visited the residence of eminent Pashto poet Akmal Lewanay and handed over a cheque of Rs50,000 for his medical treatment.

The additional deputy commissioner has also sent all the documents related to medical treatment of Akmal Lewanay to the provincial government for approval of free of cost treatment. He assured the poet that the provincial government will bear all the expenses of medical treatment and will also extend further financial assistance to him.

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 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 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Senator Zeeshan Khanzada also took notice of the matter and said 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.

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