ILF 2014: need stressed to lift literacy rate

* Speakers say eight education policies introduced to uplift level of education, but not a single policy implemented

ISLAMABAD: Festivities may ensure peace and stability and literature leads the society to learn from the past for a better and dynamic future.These comments were delivered by the participants on the second day of the Second Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF).During a debate, it was revealed that only 41 percent of the rural population and 79 percent of the urban population of Pakistan was enrolled for education.The speakers noted with concern that eight education policies were introduced to uplift the level of education in the country, but not a single policy was implemented. They demanded that there is no need to formulate new policies but implementation of the policies is indispensable and vital for the betterment of society.The second day of the ILF started with a unique session ‘Novel kay Nayay Rung: Readings and Conversation with Mirza Athar Baig and Mustansar Hussain Tarar’. Renowned Urdu writer Intizar Hussain was paid mega tribute in a session ‘In conversation with Intizar Hussain and the launch of Apni Danist Main and Safar kay Khush Naseeb. Renowned scholar Asif Farrukhi and Masood Asher jointly held the talk with Intizar Hussain.This was followed by a conversation with Shobhaa De, a renowned Indian author, which attracted a large crowd. She managed to grab attention of the audience through her unique and valued talk.A special session regarding discussion on ‘Afghanistan: The Next Chapter’ was also held. The discussion was moderated by renowned scholar Rasul Bakhsh Rais, while Editor Daily Times Rashed Rehman, Sarwar Naqvi, Tariq Osman Hyder and Najmuddin Sheikh participated in the session.Famous Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz was given a mega tribute in a session ‘Jis Tarah Sookhay Huay Phool Kitabon Main Milay: Faraz Ko Yaad Karnay Kay Bahanaey’, in which Shibli Faraz, Zehra Nigah, Kishwer Naheed and Abid Hassan Manto shed light on Faraz’s life and his poetry. A short film on Faraz was also screened on this occasion.To bring regional languages into the mainstream, a unique session ‘Poetry from a Troubled Land: Pashto Poetry with Translations’ was also held. In this session, Pashtu poets Arif Tabbasum, Muhib Wazir, Salman Shaheen and Hassan Gul participated, while renowned scholar Ahmed Fouad moderated the programme.Legendry Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto was paid a huge tribute in a session ‘Preview of Film on Manto’ and ‘Launch of Poora Manto’ while famous drama writer Asgher Nadeem Syed, Masood Asher and Zaheda Hina participated in the session. Sarmad Sultan Khoosat moderated the session. ‘Politics, History and Mythology in South Asian English Poetry’ was the topic of another programme, moderated by Muneeza Shamsie.Renowned revolutionary poet Habib Jalib and his life was discussed in a session ‘Shayer e Awam: Habib Jalib’, in which known journalist Mujahid Barelvi, Arifa Syeda Zehra and acclaimed columnist Ayaz Amir shared the unique aspects of Jalib’s life. Mujahid Barelvi quoted many incidents of Jalib’s life. A huge crowd attended the session to pay Jalib a wonderful tribute.Many book launches were also managed throughout the day, while many unique books, including Babar Ayaz’s What’s wrong with Pakistan, Kamal Azfar’s Waters of Lahore, Bilal Tanveer’s The scatter here is too great, Aamer Hussein’s The Swan’s Wife, Ottoman Turkey, Ataturk, and Muslim South Asia by Naeem Qureshi and many more.The second day of the literature festival ended with a mushaira in which many renowned poets including Kishwar Naheed, Afzal Ahmed Syed, Harris Khalique, Abbas Jafri, Qasim Yaqoob, Saeed Shaariq and Aqeel Abbas Jafri recited their poetry. The second ILF marked huge success as literary stars could be seen the whole day in many unique, interactive and packed sessions. Thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life thronged the festival. The festival will end today (Sunday). 

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