The Writers’ Cafe of the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) on Thursday held the fifteenth session of its series ‘Meet a Writer over a Cup of Tea’ with renowned comic and poet, Prof Anwar Masood. Mr Masood recited some of his poetry- which touched on a variety of issues including marriages, relationships, old age, poverty and illness- and his friends, son and wife shared anecdotes of him. The poems he recited included some of his more famous works including ‘Jhelum Dey Pul Tey’, ‘Ambri’ and ‘Deena’. Renowned writer Fateh Mohammad Mailk said Anwar Masood had discussed many sensitive social issues in his works which do have an impact on readers. “Anwar Masood is known as a comic poet but I believe his works include other genres as well which should also be recognised. I feel like his contribution to Persian poetry and literary critique has been neglected,” he said. PAL Chairman Dr Mohammad Qasim Bughio said Writer’s Cafe serves as a centre where writers and the public can hold discussions and where writers, poets, artists and journalists meet to discuss contemporary literary issues over a cup of tea.
The government intends to end the extremist negative thinking and promote the book culture and literature. These views were express by Abdul Hakeem Baloch, State Minister for Communications, as a chief guest in a Program & New Generation Mushaira in the memory of “Ahmed Faraz and Parveen Shakir” arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). He was a chief guest. Atta-Ul- Haq Qasmi and Senator Shibli Faraz were the guests of honor. Dr Muhammad Qasim Bughio presented the introductory address. Papers were presented by Muhammad Hameed Shahid, Dr. Najeeba Arif and Wafa Chishti on young poets, Parveen Shakir and Ahmad Faraz respectively. At the end, in a New Generation Mushaira, young poets below the age of 40 recited their poetry in the ceremony. Mahboob zafar was the convener of the Mushaira. The presidium of Mushaira included Tauseef Tabassum, Sarwat Mohyuddin and Jalil Aali. This Mushaira was dedicated to the great poets Ahmad Faraz and Parveen Shakir. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, State Minister for Communications, said it is necessary for a nation to encourage its youth if it wants to progress. These young poets are poets like Ahmad Faraz, Munir Niazi, Faiz and Sheikh Ayyaz of tomorrow. He added that these are the poets who change the thinking patters of a nation. We should remove the misunderstandings regarding the poets if we want to establish a liberal society. We need to improve the image of the poets. He said that we were facing the threat of extremism only due to our negligence in promoting literature and art in the society. The fine arts and literature reflect the true spirit of the society and also enhance the soft emotions among people. Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, Chaiman,PAL said that PAL was not only encouraging the senior and junior writers but also was launching projects to promote their writings. It is the young generation of the writers whom the Academy will focus in the coming days. In his paper Muhammad Hameed Shahid said that younger generation of writers is focusing on the pressing issues of today. This generation is facing many difficulties in their expression. Wafa Chishty said that Ahmad Faraz is the poet of revolution. He always raised his voice to support truth. Dr. Najeeba Arif said that Parveen Shakir is the poet of love. She observed the realities of life closely and described them in her poetry with the flavor of romance with life.
Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui after taking charge as head of the newly formed National History and Literary Heritage Division visits Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) on Monday. Irfan Siddiqui said literature and book reading culture could also help promote peace in society. “Literature promotes human dignity, tolerance, respect and brings peace, love and brotherhood in the society,” he said. He said Pakistan had a rich literary heritage. “We are not less than any country in terms of literary work in the world,” he remarked. Siddiqui directed the academy to take initiatives for the welfare of writers and to encourage young writers and poets. “It is very important to create opportunities for young writers and poets." The adviser said the academy should focus on exploring ways to utilise the modern technological advancements to spread the literary work and contributions of Pakistani and Muslim poets of the Subcontinent. “The Internet can be an effective tool to transmit the literary treasure to our youth,” he added. He also directed the academy to present him a report of financial assistance being given to writers and their families. He also visited the writers’ cafe, writers’ house, Ahmed Faraz Library and the book shop and was briefed about the academy’s functioning by its chairman, Dr Muhammad Qasim Bhogio.
The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has announced Kamal-e-Fun Award for the years 2014. Prominent poetess Fahmida Riaz have been nominated for the Kamal-e-Fun Award 2014. The panel of judges consisted on well known writers and scholars Mr. Masood Ashar, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran, Dr. Tauseef Tabassum, Ahmad Saleem, Dr. Shah Muhammad Marri, Dr. Salma Shaheen, Mubin Mirza, Musarat Kalanchvi, Arif Zia, Hasam Hur and Muhammad Ishaq Samejo met here today on January 05, 2016 in the office of Pakistan Academy of Letters, Islamabad. Masood Ashar presided over the meeting. Kamal-e-Fun Award is the highest literary award in the field of literature for recognition of life times achievement in creative and research work. The amount of this award is Rs. 500000/- Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, Chairman, PAL has also announced the National Literary Award for the year 2014, given on the best literary books written during the year in Urdu and other Pakistani languages in his Press Conference. According to the decision of the panel for Urdu Poetry, Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal Award is given to Imdad Hussaini on his book “Dhoop Kiran”, in Urdu Prose Baba-e-Urdu Molvi Abdul Haq Award is given to Tahira Iqbal on her book “Zameen Rang” and Dr. Shakeel Pitafi on his book “Pakistan Mein Ghalib Shanasi”, in Punjabi language Syed Waris Shah Award is given to Zahid Hasan on his book “Qisa-e-Aashiqan”, in Sindhi language Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Award is given to Taj Baloch on his book “Jadeed Adab Jo Tajzio”, in Pushto language Khushhal Khan Khattak Award is given to Dr. Abdul Qudus Asim on his book “Da Zama Kitab De”, in Balochi language Mast Tawakli Award is given to Ghafoor Shad on his book “Balochi Classical Sahiree”, in Seraiki language Khwaja Ghulam Fareed Award is given to Habib Mohana on his book “Setlan De Dagh” in Brahui language Taj Muhammad Tajal Award is given to is given Zauq Brahui on his book “Marrdata Daghare Jehlawan”, in Hindko language Saeen Ahmad Ali Award is given to Hasam Hur on his book “Qisa Khwani Kahenta Kuhar” and in Translation Muhamamd Hasan Askari Award is given to Dr. Amjad Ali Bhatti on his book “Punjab Lok Reet” The Award money Rs. 100000/- will be given to each of Award winner for the National Literary Award 2014.
My interest lies in the Pakistani and Indian cultures. These are the words of poet, writer and scholar Dr. Ehsan Akbar in the evening session “Meet The Writers” organized by Writers Café, Pakistan Academy of Letters. Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters, Masood Mufti, Saeed Ahmed, Jalil Aali and other writers discussed the work and personality of Dr. Ehsan Akbar. Dr. Eshan Akbar said that he was inspired by Sassi Pano, Heer Ranjha, Waris Shah and especially Mirza Sahibah. These impressions are mirrored in my poetry. He wrote “Meera Iqbal Fiqar Aur Falasfa” in connection with questions asked about Iqbal by Syed Abbas Jalalpuri.
Pakistan Academy of Letters will hold five-day international conference on the subject "Literature, Language and Society". Advisory Committee members consists of Prof. Fateh Mohammad Malik, M. D, National Book Foundation Dr. Inam ul Haq Javed, Masood Mufti, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran, Yusuf Memon, Dr Attash Durrani, Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed, Mohammad Hameed Shahid, Dr. Wasima Shahzad, Dr. Umaima Kamran, Shakeel Jazib, Professor Jalil Aali, Hassan Abbas Raza, Bilal Zafar HBL, Sohail Athar NBP, Dr. Rashid Hameed NLPD, Imdad Akash, Mohammad Kamran Arshad, Professor Qaisra Aloomy, and Zafar Bakhtawari. Dr. Mohammad Qasim said that the general theme of the conference "literature, language and Society". In the meeting it was decided that the after deciding various subthemes, Research scholars from around the world will be invited to participate. Music, poetry and drama will be presented after the research sessions of said conference. The international conference will be held in the first week of March, 2016. The Prime Minister and the President of Pakistan will be invited in the opening session and closing session of the conference. International intellectuals will also be invited as special guests. The conference will be organized in cooperation with different universities and institutions.
Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) held a ceremony in the completion of 50 years celebration of Pakistan Defence Day (6th September, 1965). Prof. Fatah Mohammad Malik presided over the seminar and Senator Lt. General (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum, Chairman, Standing Committee for Defence Production , was the Guest of Honour. Prof. Jalil Aali, Major (Retd.) Iqbal Daar and Aisha Masood presented their views.
The gathering titled “Meeting over a teacup” saw the legendary poet, Iftikhar Arif, sharing some of his finest romantic poetry with the participants as he walked them though his literary journey. Iftikar Arif read several beautiful and romantic verses at the session, which were thoroughly enjoyed by the participants of the session. He said that there was no bigger pleasure in life than to turn your passion and interest into work and way of income. “This is what I have experienced and this is the reason behind my satisfaction,” said Iftikhar Arif. The writer also spoke at length about the time he spent in Iran. “Iran has very strong cultural and literary traditions. It has the biggest bookstores and the widest collection of novels and books,” he said. The writer also highlighted that there has been a decline in the importance given to literature across the globe. Particularly talking about translations, Iftikhar Arif said that the books that were older than 50 years should be re-translated since meanings and perceptions had changed over the course of time. Pakistan Academy of Letters Chairperson Prof Dr Muhammad Qasim Bughio told that the academy was in a constant effort to preserve poetry and literature. Prominent writers including Dr Fateh Muhammad Malik, Kishwar Naheed, Jaleel Ali, Dr Akbar Hasan, Prof Iqbal Shamim, Dr Waseema Shehzad, Hassan Abbas, Masood Mufti and several others attended the gathering.
The Pakistan Academy of Letter (PAL) celebrated 100th birthday of Sindhi nationalist, writer, scholar and teacher, Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo. People from all walks of life participated in the birthday function. Mr Joyo, however, could not turn up as it was not easy for him to travel from Karachi to Islamabad because of health issues. Senator Sassui Palijo of Pakistan People’s Party said Mr Joyo’s contributions for Sindhi literature were great. “Mr Joyo had ideology and he never compromised on it. With the passage of time people joined him and followed him,” she said. Intellectual Ahmed Saleem said he met Mr Joyo in late 60s and became great fan of him. “I was introduced as Punjabi poet. Mr Joyo allowed me to speak in Punjabi with him and also suggested that I should translate poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and Shaikh Ayaz in Punjabi,” he said. Renowned writer Taj Joyo, who came from Hyderabad to participate in the function, said Ibrahim Joyo was born on August 12, 1915 in a village of district Dadu which later became part of district Jamshoro. “He was son of a farmer and taught at home by his grandfather (Mehboob). Renowned Sindhi nationalist GM Syed got him admitted in secondary school (Sindh Madrassa) from where he did his matriculation and then graduation in 1938. After that Mr Joyo went to Bombay (now Mumbai) for further education and then joined Sindh Madrassa as a teacher,” he said. While talking about the 100 years life, Chairman PAL said that Mr Joyo lives a simple life. Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr Fauzia Saeed said the massage of Mr Joyo should be transferred to new generation.
Lecturers from Urdu Department of PAK Turk School visited Pakistan Academy of Letters, Islamabad. They were shown the Library, Writers House, Writers Cafe, and Kitab Ghar. The Chairman and DG PAL briefed them about PAL,s missions and objectives. The Members of Pak Turk School exchanged their views with the Chairman.
The two days long International Pak-China Urdu Literary Conference on "Thematic Similarities in Chinese and Pakistani Literature" held from July 28th and 29th, was a highly significant step towards bringing the Pak-China literary worlds even closer and opening new vistas for literary and cultural exchange between the two countries. The last day’s first session was presided over by literary icon Intizar Hussain. Pakistan Academy of Letters Chairman Dr Qasim Bughio threw light on goals and objectives of the conference. Literary papers were read by Muhammad Hameed Shahid, Dr Abdul Aziz Sahir, Nasir Abbas Nayyer, Jami Chandio, Dr Shahid Iqbal Kamran and Chinese speakers. The second session, which was interactive, was presided over by Dr Qasim Bughio and the third session by Dr Syed Qasim Raza Pirzada, an educationist and a poet. Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture director Dr Sughra Sadaf, Pakistan Academy of Letters Regional Director Asim Butt, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Amjad Islam Amjad and Kishwar Naheed were also present. The conference concluded on a poetry sitting in which eminent Pakistani and Chinese poets participated.
Abdullah Hussain is a martyr and has been fighting a war throughout his life with his pen against the taboos and evils of society. These views were express by Sanetor Pervaiz Rashid Minister of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage while presiding over the literary reference in the memory of Intellectual, writer and novelist Abdullah Hussain arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters(PAL). Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, Chairman, PAL, present their key note address while Kishwar Naheed, Fateh Muhammad Malik, Masood Mufti, Ali Akbar Abbas, Ahmed Javed, Dr. Ghazanfar Mehdi, Muhammad Hameed Shahid and Dr. Ravish Nadeem presented their papers on the life and works of Abdullah Hussain. The proceedings were conducted by Dr. Ravish Nadeem.
Two-day National Conference on Promotion of Literature of all Regional Languages organised by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) From June 13-14, 2015 at Officers' Club, Quetta . Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, who inaugurated the conference, said the country is facing the twin challenge of extremism and terrorism and this situation requires the role of intellectuals to change the mindset of society. “Writers can counter the smell of gunpowder with the fragrance of prose and poetry,” he said. Prof Dr Qasim Baghio said that they were working on promotion of literature of all local and regional languages including Balochi, Pashto, Brahvi and others. Speakers at a literary conference urged poets, writers and intellectuals to play their role in the fight against extremism.
To honor one of the greatest poets and scholars, a lecture was arranged at PAL where the head of the department and professor of Iqbaliyat at AIOU Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran paid his tribute to Allama Iqbal on his 77th death anniversary. Dr. M Qasim Bughio and Prof. Fatah Muhammad Malik also delivered their remarks.
One Day National Conference on “Women Rights and Issues in Pakistani Literature” to commemorate International Women’s Day arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) in the Conference Hall. Dr. Muhammad Nizam-ud-Din, Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, Chairman, PAL, Kishwar Naheed and Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik were included in the presidium of the first session. In the second session of the conference, Mushtaq Soofi was the president. Women’s Mushaira is the third session of the conference which was presided over by Kishwar Naheed.
Symposium held here at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) in connection with International Mother Tongue Day. Atta Ul Haq Qasmi, Dr. Muhamamd Qasim Bughio, Chairman, PAL, Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Dr. Attash Durrani, Dr. Inaam Ul Haq Javed, Hakim Barro, Naseer Memon, Badshah Munir, Afzal Qureshi, Shoaib Khaliq, Dr. Fozia Saeed, Wahid Buzdar, Prof. Qaisera Alvi, Yusuf Memon, Lubna, Umaima Malik, Zafar Bakhtawri, Dr. Kaleem and others were expressed their views regarding International Mother Tongue Day.