The Literary Society of the Khyber Girls Medical College, Hayatabad, arranged two colourful literary and cultural programmes to highlight the importance of Pashto and Hindko languages and cultures as part of the annual literary activities of the seat of learning that won appreciation from the students and faculty members. The two programmes comprising several segments, including presentations, speeches, skits and folk songs by the college students, hailing from various areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These functions were arranged to mark the “Pashto Day” and “Hindko Day”, respectively. The students spotlighted different aspects of respective languages and cultures through a number of segments and won acclaim from the fellow students and the faculty members. The first programme was arranged to mark the “Pashto Day”. The students presented skits, made speeches and performed in a play. The function was organised by the secretary general of the literary society, Surkhab Khan. Khyber Medical College Principal Prof Dr Ejazul Hassan was the chief guest. Literary Society Chairman, Prof Dr Maqbaool Elahi, in his speech talked about the importance of the Pashto language and culture. He appreciated the performance of the students in various segments. The second function was arranged to mark the “Hindko Day”. The speeches were made, skits presented and folk songs rendered by the college students to celebrate the occasion. The tableau about the right to education for the physically challenged children was liked by all. A large and colourful banner had been displayed in the main hall of the college had images of the cultural landmarks in Peshawar, Kohat, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur and Nowshera along with portraits of known Hindko literati. The Hindko books and literary publications were also put on display. The special issue of a Hindko journal, “Sarkhaill”, devoted to living cinema icon from Peshawar, Dilip Kumar, remained the focus of attention. A senior cardiologist, Associate Prof Dr Adnan Gul, was the chief guest while Begum Ilyas Bilour was the guest of honour. In his speech, Adnan Gul said the cultural diversity is a unique feature of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Hindko is among the native languages of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has rich literary and cultural heritage that need to be promoted,” he added. Begum Ilyas Bilour said the Khyber Girls Medical College management is doing a commendable job by arranging such literary programmes to highlight importance of native languages and cultures. College Vice-Principal Associate Prof Dr Samina Zahid said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is blessed with sweet languages and beautiful cultures. “These languages and cultures give a great characteristic to the province that should be highlighted,” said the vice-principal. Dr Samina Zahid said the students of this college excel in examinations but by participating in these literary and cultural events, they have proved that despite hectic medical studies, they are not unaware of importance of their mother languages and cultures. Trophies and shields were distributed at the end of the function to encourage the organizers and the participants.