Saba Dashtyari: The Inspirational Educationist of Sindh, Pakistan

Ghulam Hussain Saba Dashtyari, usually termed as “Saba Dashtyari”, was a professor of Islamic Studies at the institute of University of Balochistan in Quetta, Balochistan.

Born in the year of 1953 in Lyari district of Karachi city, Pakistan in a lower-middle-class family, Saba Dashtyari taught Islamic studies at the University of Balochistan, Quetta and was respected as a leading Balochi language writer and intellectual whose literary works appeared in leading journals and magazines. He had authored many books and laid the foundation of a premier Balochi language academy in Karachi. Saba held a master’s degree in Philosophy and Islamic Studies and taught theology. He was fluent in several languages including English, Urdu, Persian and Arabic.

Career of Saba Dashtyari

His literary contributions involve more than 24 books on Balochi literature, history, poetry and translations. He also developed the Syed Zahoor Shah Hashmi reference library, World’s largest library on Balochi literature, in Malir area of Karachi. He funded this library with his own salary.

The library houses more than 150,000 books in various languages on Balochi literature, culture and civilization. Moreover, he also compiled an index and bibliography of Balochi literature published in the past 50 years.

He was working on compiling an encyclopedia in the Balochi language. One of his last projects before his assassination was the proof reading of the complete collection of Balochi poems by Mir Gul Khan Nasir. This project was completed and the book was published just a few weeks before his assassination.

Renowned Publications

  • Falsafa-e-Islam o Younaan (1985)
  • Gulkaar o Chakankaar (1990)
  • Mutaaleh-e-Falsafa (1993)
  • Houn Houshaam (1994)
  • Balochi Zubaan an Aakibat (volume 1) (1995)
  • Gungodaame’n Sarzameen (1996)
  • Balochi Zubaan an Aakibat (volume 2) (1998)
  • Angare’n Waahag (1999)
  • Tranagaani Bunzeh (2001)
  • Be Tawaari a Darya (2002)
  • Aas o Aasaib (2006)
  • Balochi Zubaan o Labzaank(Index Research) (3 Volumes Published)

Baluchistan conflict

After the year of 2010, Saba Dashtyari participated in BSO Aazaad’s rallies and speeches and clearly supported the independence of Balochistan in his speeches. On May 1, 2011 while he was addressing BSO Aazaad’s rally he pointed out Pakistan Army as well as Frontier Corps for running parallel government in Baluchistan as well accused them of all of the killings which started from June 2010. He also clearly mentioned current Inspector General of Frontier Corps Maj Gen Obaidullah Khan Khattak for kidnapping Baloch youth and Intellects and throwing there bullet riddled bodies in outskirts of cities of Balochistan. He has always condemned the role of Pakistani media for not showing the activities of the Pakistani Army in Balochistan.


On the day of Wednesday June 1, 2011, Saba Dashtyari was badly wounded when alleged personnel of Pakistani intelligence agencies opened fire on him when he was going on his evening walk at Sariab road, Quetta after teaching his evening Balochi Class in the institute of University of Balochistan. He was rushed to the hospital but could not survive because of severe injuries. In his last speech he bluntly spoke about Pakistan Army’s atrocities and suppression against Baloch separatist movement.



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