The Stori family has always been politically active. Pohyal continues in the path of the family in continuing to leverage politics for the greater good of the Pashtun people. He is an ardent supporter of Manzoor Pashteen and his Pashtun Tahafuz Movement. As a model German-Afghan, Pohyal fights for the unification of Pashtuns and more evidently, the better presentation and representation of the Pashto language on the internet. Pohyal has gone the extra mile to ensure Google’s publication of his beloved Afghan/Pashto language, serving as a worthy model for other Afghans who grew multiculturally.
Born 22 years ago in Germany to Afghan parents, Pohyal Stori has come a long way and made a name for himself in the fields of artificial intelligence and the Afghan Pashto language, and beyond. Around age 9, young Pohyal realized he had an interest in tech and started programming. Six years ago, he published Pashto WebFonts, an open-source database that’s already being used by Google and Bing for language translation.
Pohyal’s two-decade journey has been strongly influenced by his family ties. He’s the son of Abdul Nasir Stori, a doctor from the Khas Kunar district of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Pohyal is also the grandson of Dr. Kabir Stori, foremost poet, writer, researcher, and nationalist. Coming from a family with a rich history of political activism, poetry and nationalism, Pohyal continues to build on a strong family legacy passed down through generations.
This time around, he’s not doing it as a politician or an academician like his legendary grandfather. Rather, he’s fighting his wars with his own talent and expertise – technology! Pohyal grew up in Germany and lives in Wesseling, North Rhine-Westphalia. However, that has done little to nothing to quench his love and passion for his beloved Pashto. Blessed with the intelligence and brilliance of his granddad, Pohyal taught himself everything he knew, eventually writing his first line of code at just nine years of age. From being an intern at an A-list tech company, Pohyal has forged a clear path in tech and today owns and manages an array of IT companies.
Even while outside the shores of the motherland, Pohyal actively seeks to contribute to the betterment of Pashto and the Pashtun people as a whole. Pohyal is lending his voice to the struggle with that thing which he does best – building innovative software and applications. It’s like passing the torch to a new generation and unlike Dr. Kabir Stori who spoke with his poetry and activism, Pohyal is making his contributions with WebFonts, Nandara, and the likes, all for the love of the beautiful Pashto language!
Fast forward to 2020, Pohyal is still keeping the family flag flying.