3-day Islamabad Literature Festival opens today Writers, booklovers to attend event in large number; festival to reflect Pakistan’s soft image

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Zubair Qrueshi

Oxford University Press would organize a three-day “6th Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) 2019” from Friday (today) to nurture book reading habit. A large number of writers and booklovers are expected to attend the three day event that will export Pakistan’s soft image to the world.
The festival is aimed to develop interaction between writers, intellectuals and artists within Pakistan and across borders, cultures and languages. ILF is an especially important event and occupies a distinctive position in the cultural, educational and literary life of Pakistan.
It was a young city and it therefore vibrates with the energies of youth. Its naturally beautiful location makes it an ideal place for literary, cultural and creative inspiration to flourish. The aim of ILF is to develop interaction between writers, intellectuals, and artists within Pakistan and across borders, cultures, and languages, and to nurture and promote books and the habit of reading. Given the presence of the diplomatic community here, it provides a unique opportunity to put Pakistan on the map as a country rich in culture, creativity, and exchange of ideas and opinions. ILF brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in many languages, including urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Potohari, Seraiki, English, and other languages.