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Qissa Khwani Bazaar

The Qissa Khwani Bazaar (Pashto: قصه خوانۍ بازار‎, Urdu: قصہ خوانی بازار‎; "Story-tellers' Bazaar") is a bazaar in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Qissa Khwani Bazaar

قصہ خوانۍ بازار
The bazaar still features examples of traditional style architecture.
The bazaar still features examples of traditional style architecture.
ProvinceKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
LocalityAndar Shehr


The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (then N.-W.F.) province Gazetteer,[1] traveller Lowell Thomas[2] and Peshawar's British commissioner Herbert Edwardes[3] called it "the Piccadilly of Central Asia".


Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was born in Qissa Khwani Bazaar on or about 11 December 1922 and he belongs to Awan family. Actor Shah Rukh Khan's family still lives in the area.[4]

On 23 April 1930, nearly 400 unarmed protesters were shot dead by soldiers of the British colonial government in the Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre.[5] The massacre triggered protests across British India and catapulted the newly formed Khudai Khidmatgar movement into prominence.[6]

In 2010, 25 people died in a bomb attack at a protest against electricity shortages.[7] The market was again targeted by militants in 2013, who used a 220 kg bomb to carry out an attack that killed 41 people,[8] and damaged a nearby mosque as well as set fire to several historic wooden buildings.[9]


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  1. ^ Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) (1931). Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (then N.-W.F.) Province Gazetteers.
  2. ^ Of Piccadilly and Qissa Khwani bazaar (April 2003) Syed Amjad Hussain
  3. ^ Victoria Schofield (2003). Tauris Parke Paperbacks (ed.). Afghan Frontier: Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia (illustrated ed.). p. 46. ISBN 1-86064-895-9.
  4. ^ Khan, Omer Farooq (19 March 2010). "SRK's ancestral home traced to Pakistan". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 October 2014. There is a strong misperception about Shah Rukh's identity who is widely considered as a Pathan. In fact, his entire family speaks Hindko language. His ancestors came from Kashmir and settled in Peshawar centuries back, revealed Maqsood.
  5. ^ "Peshawar: Qissa Khwani martyrs remembered". 24 April 2008. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  6. ^ Sarwar, Kazi (20 April 2002). "Qissa Khwani's tale of tear and blood".
  7. ^ Beeston, Richard (20 April 2010). "Taleban put hostages on show as market bomb death toll rises". The Times. London. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Twin Blasts in Peshwar claim 41 lives". Dawn. September 29, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Pakistan car bomb blast: Attack on Peshawar's oldest market kills 37". The Independent. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2017.