Listen to BBC Pashto, this is the Pashto-language station of the BBC World Service. BBC is one of the most popular news broadcaster in the world. And, this is their sister radio broadcasting for the listeners of Afghanistan.

History of BBC Pashto

It began broadcasting in August 1981 and reaches about 50-60 million Pashto-speaking listeners in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as the Pashtun diaspora worldwide. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the BBC expanded its services to the Afghan people by establishing BBC Pashto.Nabi Misdaq, a former Afghan diplomat and journalist who fled to Britain following the 1978 coup, was the inaugural editor of BBC Pashto. Other renowned Pashtun journalists who succeeded him were Amin Saikal, Rahimullah Yusufzai, Abdul Hai Mutmaen, and Dawood Azami.


BBC Pashto has been broadcasting news, current affairs, culture, sports and entertainment programs to its audience for over four decades. It has also produced documentaries, dramas, music shows and educational programs. Some of its popular programs include:

  • Nawey Rang (New Colors): A weekly magazine program that covers social and cultural issues affecting the Pashtun people.
  • Da Pulay Poray (On the Line): A daily phone-in program that invites listeners to share their views and opinions on various topics.
  • Da Kaliwalano Sandaro (The Gathering of Friends): A weekly program that features interviews with prominent Pashtun personalities from different fields.
  • Da Sro Shundo (The Red Line): A weekly program that debates controversial and sensitive issues with experts and guests.
  • Da Khabrono Warzaro (The News Hour): A daily program that provides comprehensive coverage of the latest news and events from around the world.


BBC Pashto has a team of experienced and professional presenters who presents the programs in a very engaging and intuitive way. Some of the current presenters are:

  • Emal Pasarly: The head of BBC Pashto and the presenter of Da Khabrono Warzaro.
  • Sana Safi: The presenter of Da Pulay Poray and a correspondent for BBC World News.
  • Shahzeb Jillani: The presenter of Da Sro Shundo and a senior correspondent for BBC World Service.
  • Shafi Naqi Jamie: The presenter of Da Kaliwalano Sandaro and a former editor of BBC Urdu.
  • Sahar Zand: The presenter of Nawey Rang and a documentary filmmaker.

BBC Pashto has a large and diversified following in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2019, this is the most trusted international broadcaster in Afghanistan, reaching 25{60297c3c1f31c932e6d9e222881b19d68abc8a6c613ff5fa51397582320704f4} of adults. It covers 6{60297c3c1f31c932e6d9e222881b19d68abc8a6c613ff5fa51397582320704f4} of Pakistan’s adult population, mostly in Pashtun-majority areas such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

It also has a large online presence, with millions of visits each month to its website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel.

Finally, BBC Pashto is one of the leading sources of information and entertainment for the Pashtun people around the world. It has a rich history, a talented team and a wide reach. It aims to inform, educate and inspire its listeners with quality programs that reflect their lives, aspirations and challenges.


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