In Peshawar, hundreds of youth stage Attan for peace
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): In a rare show of support for peace in a region plagued by extremism, Pakistani and Afghan youth staged an ecstatic Attan dance in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday.
Hundreds of youth from Kandahar, Peshawar, Quetta and the tribal region danced to the beat of drums on the lush-green lawns of Bagh-i-Naran in Hayatabad neighbourhood.
The “Attan for peace” featured around 500 youth, old men and some women activists. Tariq Afghan, an upcoming political activist, said they wanted to send out a message of peace to extremists.
Another organizer, Shafique Gigyani, told Dawn: “Just like all the dancers whirl together in Attan, it is symbolic of unity among Pakhtuns.”
The dance showed the world that Pakhtuns were neither violent nor extremists, said Palwasha, another nationalist activist. The peace-loving Pakhtuns had a rich culture, she added.
Malak Ambar, coming from South Waziristan, said: “Terrorism cannot eliminate this culture. This dance is a symbol of our culture. This is how we respond even if we face terrorism.”
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