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World Literacy Day marked in Islamabad

Promoting a Culture of Reading in Pakistan Islamabad – Literacy is, rightly termed as ‘a bridge from misery to hope’. It is the ultimate key to open the door to progress, self learning which enhance human competencies and also help to achieve many other rights. On International Literacy Day (September 8) – a day aimed at…

Remembering a great Story teller – Ashfaq Ahmed –

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Sept.2011)Sana Jamal In this era of information technology, those old days are swiftly fading away, when children would restlessly wait for the time when their parents would tell them fascinating stories. Those stories used to be vital means of means of educating and entertaining the young generation. But regrettably, this primary activity…

Remembering Ahmed Faraz: Poet of Romance and Resistance

Road named after Faraz in Islamabad Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Aug 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahmed Faraz, the poet of love and defiance, was remembered by his friends and admirers on his third death anniversary, observed on Thursday. Ahmad Faraz, who has often been compared with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a distinctive position…

Friends of Book gather at NLA

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – With the expansion of electronic media especially internet, people have parted away from books – which wise men described as ‘a man’s best friend’. And to see book-lovers gathered under one roof, and leafing through the pages of books, was certainly a pleasant scene…

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100 Books, 100 Guests

National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad is organizing a special and unique event entitled as “100-Books and 100-Guests” on Monday, 27 June, at 11am at the NLA premises. According to newly-appointed NLA Chairman, Dr. Anwaar Ahmad, the objective of this event is to encourage habit of book-reading in our society and offer a 50 per cent…

‘A. Hameed’s death – an immense loss to Urdu fiction’

Islamabad – A. Hameed, a prolific Urdu fiction writer, who rendered great services to national language has passed away, closing a golden era of Urdu literature. A. Hameed died at the age of 83 in Lahore on Friday. He was a patient of cardiac disease and diabetes. Condolence messages Prime Minister Gilani expressing his deep sorrow, said…

Book launch: ‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut’

Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Feb.2011) ISLAMABAD: “Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut” – a book which gives account of four years of the renowned poet’s stay in the capital city of Lebanon has been published by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). The book has been written by Tasleem Elahi Zulfi who has focused on activities…

Josh remembered as ‘Poet of Revolution’

Islamabad – Kaam hai mera taghayyur, naam hai mera shabaab, mera na’ara: inqilaab-o-inqilaab-o-inqilaab (My task is change, my name is youth! My slogan: revolution and revolution and revolution!) These words of Josh were recited by the key speakers of the conference reminding the audience of one of the greatest revolutionary poets and a dominant figure of Urdu language, Josh…

Mother Tongue Day marked in Islamabad

Seminar on Vanishing Languages of Pakistan highlighted that Mother Tongue is the best tool to impart Education Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: “We must glorify, preserve and develop our regional languages as it plays a vital role in the development of a country.” This message was highlighted at a seminar  to address the issues of preservation and development…

Faiz centenary celebrations: Tributes paid to Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Feb. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, courage and resistance for the people of Pakistan by the scholarly figures of Islamabad who gathered here at a seminar to pay tribute to Faiz. The seminar was arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) on Thursday to commemorate…

A rare book on letters of Faiz launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Jan. 2011)Sana Jamal Book cover. ISLAMABAD: “The letter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz unveil his genuine feelings for the society as he continues to be the only poet after Allama Iqbal who is admired by the common people” said Iftikhar Arif, a poet and Chairman of National Language Authority (NLA). He…

Saadat Hasan Manto remembered

Islamabad – “Saadat Hasan will die one day, but ‘Manto’ will never die.” This line written by Manto himself has borne out Manto’s belief as his writings reign the Urdu literary world making him one of the greatest storytellers of South Asia. Pakistan’s great literary icon, Saadat Hassan Manto’s 56th death anniversary was observed on…

Book on Faiz Ahmed Faiz launched

‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz -Muntakhib Mazameen’(Selected essays on Faiz) Islamabad – In these times of chaos and intolerance, Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s writings can help the individuals to realize our real identity in order to emerge as a tolerant, peaceful nation. This was the message of the scholars speaking at the launch of the first book on Faiz…

Book on Militancy launched

Islamabad — Journalist Zahid Hussain says, Lal Masjid tragedy triggered the wave of suicide bombing and terrorism in Pakistan and the death of Ghazi Abdul Rashid has not helped end terrorism in the country. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of his book titled “The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan: The Scorpion’s…

Poetry book for children launched

Islamabad— Zawiya, a literary organisation launched Shehnaz Rauf’s poem book for children titled as ‘Roshni’ at National language Authority (NLA), in Islamabad on Monday. The author, Shehnaz Rauf, a teacher at OPF College recited a few of her poems at the ceremony and delivered a lecture on the psychology of the children. Speaking on the…