KARACHI: Pakistan has a beauty that can best be seen in its culture and rich traditions, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi Dr Tilo Klinner at a dinner hosted by him for guests participating in the three-day 5th Karachi Literature Festival, said a statement issued on Sunday.
The German diplomat said that literature opens the horizons and expands the vision of the human, guiding them towards accommodation and harmony with their fellow beings and promoting peace. The Karachi Literature Festival’s Peace Prize-2014 is meant to recognise and honour such achievements.
Dr Klinner said the peace prize was a joint project of the Consulate General of Germany in Karachi, the Embassy of Germany in Islamabad and the Karachi Literature Festival.
“It aims to recognise books promoting peace, international understanding and tolerance. It is awarded by a jury comprising eminent Pakistani academics and human rights activists and carries a cash prize of 3,000 euros,” he said.
Special Envoy of the Government of Federal Republic of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who has also served as German Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr Michael Koch, said he was glad to be back among so many friends.
He said that books and literature bring out the best in mankind. The literature celebrates diverse cultures and encourages tolerance of one another, he said.
Oxford University Press managing director and founding member of Karachi Literature Festival Ameena Saiyid said the festival was meant to pay tribute to and celebrate authors, books, ideas and readers.
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