Pashto poet Najeeb Parwana. - A file photo

NOWSHERA: A famous local Pashto poet from Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Najeeb Parwana, has died of coronavirus.

The family sources said Najeeb Parwana had high fever two weeks ago after which he was advised for coronavirus test which came back as positive. He isolated himself at home and started getting treatment. His condition deteriorated two days ago after which he was shifted to Qazi Medical Complex, but he could not survive.

Najeeb Parwana was the son of Saleem Parwana, an eminent Pashto poet. Najeeb was also a famous poet who had a unique style of poetry and was liked by the followers of art and literature.

According to unofficial data, 28 people have died of coronavirus in Nowshera so far. The virus has affected almost all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Peshawar is the most affected district as it is the capital city and people from the whole province come here for different tasks, particularly for healthcare facilities. The next most affected districts are Swat, Mardan and Nowshera.

Nowshera is probably affected more due to its proximity with Peshawar. Several eminent personalities have also been affected by coronavirus in Nowhsera.

Three days earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Mian Jamsheduddin Kakakhel died of coronavirus.

Deputy Commissioner Nowshera Shahid Ali Khan said the lawmaker was under treatment at a hospital in Islamabad week and was also on ventilator for three days.

Jamsheduddin was considered very close to former chief minister and the PTI senior leader Pervaiz Khattak.

The lawmaker’s son, Mian Umar Kakakhel and brother Mian Shabbiruddin Kakakhel had also contracted coronavirus, but they have not recovered.

The Awami National Party (ANP) secretary general Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who also hails from Nowshera, had also contracted coronavirus after which he had quarantined himself at his house. However, his elder brother, Sareer Hussain died of coronavirus during treatment at a hospital in Islamabad. During the funeral, the condition of Mian Iftikhar also worsened and he was taken to hospital. Mian Iftikhar has now recovered from the disease.

Politicians and public servants often contract coronavirus due to coming in contact with public due to nature of their working.