PESHAWAR, Pakistan

While Turkey’s civilizational linkages with the Indian subcontinent are centuries old, certain luminaries cemented this relationship in the early 20th century.

Realizing the importance of media, when Turkish leaders founded global wire Anadolu Agency, exactly 100-years ago on April 6, 1920, South Asian born Abdur Rehman Peshawari held the distinction to become one of its very first reporters.

Born in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in 1886 in a wealthy Samdani family, Peshawari who was studying at India’s world-famous Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) abandoned his studies to join people’s mission to help Turkey during Balkan war.

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