August 24 Hati Kheil (Spin Tangi) Martyrs Day

Shah Afghan

Translated by Abbas Pukhton

Hundreds of people were martyred and thousands were injured when the British shed the blood of God’ s servants(Khudai Khidmatgars) at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar in the year 1931, and after that Britishers imposed martial law and banned Congress, Khudai Khidmatgars and Bacha Khan. After these brutal acts from the imperial, pushtons decided that we would protest against this British oppression in the whole Pakhtunkhwa.

Khudai Khidmatgar planned a meeting in the village of Banu Spin Tangi to urge the British to release Baacha Khan Baba and his companions.

Maulana Qazi Fazal Qadir was marching towards the Spin Tangi with a large procession of thousands of devotees, when the British stopped them. A British general came forward and shouted that everyone should stop. God’s servants followed the orders of British general. General asked them who is chairing the meeting? Maulana Fazl Qadir came forward and said, “I will.”

After the conversation Britishers brought guns in front of Khudai Khidmatgar and treated Maulana Sheikh Ghulam Qadir badly. Khudai Khidmatgar got angered but Qazi Qadir told his friends that these people did want us to carry guns But we are on the path of non-violence.

Khudai Khidmatgar led by Sheikh Fazal Qadir reached the meeting place. When the recitation of the Holy Quran started, the British started firing from all sides.

The protesters were unaware that the British soldiers were hiding behind the bushes.

The number of these martyrs is mentioned as 70 but the number was very high. One bullet hit Maulana Ghulam Qadir in the chest and the other hit him in the forehead and overall 18 bullets were hit him. He was dragged to the commissioner office but died on the way, he was sentenced to fourteen years of fictitious prisonment, and he was buried in Bannu prison without any prayers or funeral.

The prison where Fazal Qadir Shaheed was buried turn into a shrine and a large park, now known as Fazal Qadir Shaheed Park in the ANP Government.