The two-day National Conference on the Role of literature in National Harmony was held at Islamia College University here on Saturday. Senior writers, poets and research scholars from across the country gathered at a literary conference and stressed the need for devising a powerful counter-terrorism narrative and national cohesion.
The event was conducted through several sessions for covering a range of issues related to national unity. Prof. Dr Mohammad Qasim Bughio, Chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters, announced that a grand FATA Youth Festival would be held to encourage the upcoming generation of literati.
Scholars also suggested drastic changes in curriculum to promote tolerance, social cohesion and the spirit of humanism among the youngsters. Senior Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pashto, Balochi, Brahvi, Seraiki, Hindko, Kasmimiri and Balti writers shared their views regarding peace, national unity and dialogue culture.
They presented various suggestions to introduce an intra-culture dialogue through translation, language courses and exchange of writers.
Delegates from across the country participated in the conference and read out papers on the role of literature in the national integration. Prof Habib Ahmad, Vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, and Dr Nasarullah Wazir, Director of Pashto Academy University of Peshawar also attended the event.
The speakers highlighted various aspects of Pakistani literature and its role in their research papers. They called upon literati to play their due role to spread the message of peace and advocate tolerance and cultural diversity towards a pluralistic society.
They said that national unity could only be achieved through mutual understanding and social cohesion.
“Poets and writers should promote a soft image of the country”, they added.
Prof. Dr Mohammad Qasim Bughio said that basic objective of the conference was to provide a single platform to the writers from all over the country to share their ideas on national harmony. He said that KP and FATA writers would be encouraged to contribute to Pakistani literature at global level.
Kishwar Naheed, Jami Chandio, Abdur Razaq Dad, Shamim Arif Qureshi, Mohamad Hameed Shahid, Waheed Bismil, Dr Rauf Parikh, Shakir Hussain, Taj Jio, Dr Amjad Bhatti, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Prof Susan Brahvi, Dr Mohammad Yamin, Prof Amar Sindhu, Sherbaz Khan Bercha, Basit Bhatti, Pervaish Shaheen, RahmatShah Sail, Prof Abaseen Yousafzai, Kulsoomzeb and Saliab Mehsud also spoke at the conference. A multilingual mushaira session was also part of the conference.