Muzaffar Khan ZAFAR: He was a great Chitrali poet and a historian born during the first decade of the 19th century and died in 1885. He got his education from his father wazir Mulfiat Khan, who was well versed in Persian and Arabic. Mehtar Aman-ul-Mulk appointed Muzaffar Khan Wazir after the death of his father. He served as a Dabir (Secretary) of the state and wrote all the letters to the adjacent state. He adopted the pen name of ZAFAR and composed his diwan
“ZAFAR Nama” in alphabetical rhythm. He also composed an epic narrative of events, which took, place during the reign of Shah Afzal Sani and called it Shahnama. As we have already described his work in under the title of historical literature. Muzaffar Khan was inspired by Shamsuddin Hafiz [c1325 – 1389] and he has mentioned the name of Hafiz in some verses of ZAFAR Nama.
He gives meaning to the figures with artistic skill and intellectual force that they seem alive through the narrative and his style is always simple and impressive. Reading and hearing of ghazals by ZAFAR is an occasion of high rejoicing. Each figure is set within the poem like a stream of water giving off a series of elusive ripples. He is popularly known as Shaliku Lal in Chitral. His famous poem is “Qazaye yak Farange sy nafar amadan
Noor Hayato Mazhar Hayato, Shah Sultan Amadan
This poem is associated with John Biddulph visit to Chitral.