Foreign missions show growing interest in Pakistan’s rich literary, cultural treasure

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Zubair Qureshi

After Ukrainian ambassador’s participation in a book launching ceremony at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) a day earlier ie. Wednesday, on Thursday Portugal’s envoy Joao Paulo Sabido Costa could be seen inaugurating “Camoes Corner” at National Book Foundation (NBF). The corner is established to pay tributes and to recognize the literary achievements of the national poet of Portugal Luis Vas de Camoes.
This goes to the credit of Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui who has infused a new life in the two premiere book-promotional and writers-friendly organizations of Islamabad since the day he took charge of the office. Earlier, these organizations were more or less lying in dormancy doing little to attract public towards books and reading activities. Coming to Thursday’s event, Portugal has established Camoes Corner in National Book Foundation and it’s considered a beautiful addition in NBF’s book corners. Federal Secretary for National History and Literary Heritage Division Engineer Aamir Hassan was the chief guest on the occasion.
Portugal’s ambassador on the occasion said the Camoes Corner has been designed in Arch shape.
He further explained that books by Luis Vas de Camoes and other books by of others Portugal writers are also placed in the corner so that readers could enjoy the flavour of Portugal’s literary landscape.