Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division, Irfan Siddiqui Tuesday directed the relevant officials to expedite work on establishing more offices of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
“The network of PAL offices is being expanded after the time period of 40 years so there should be no delay in completion of this project,” Irfan Siddiqui said while speaking in a meeting held at the division premises.
This initiative will help promote literary activities across the country and acknowledge the contributions of the writers and poets of far flung areas, he said.
Chairman PAL, Dr Qasim Bughio briefed the Advisor to PM about the latest update on establishing these offices.
Irfan Siddiqui said that all the national institutions are working diligently to eradicate terrorism and extremism however more efforts are needed on literary fronts.
“The menaces of terrorism and extremism can only be curbed through the power of book, pen and knowledge”, Irfan Siddiqui said. He said it is the national responsibility of literary persons to use the power of their pen to end ignorance and inculcate positive and constructive thinking among the citizens.
Irfan Siddiqui also directed to complete all the necessary requirements for initiating ‘Intezar Hussain Award’ to the best literary persons.
He also directed the officials to look into the possibilities to have collaboration with Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in this regard.
The meeting also reviewed the issuance of insurance facility and monthly stipends for deserving literary persons.
The meeting was attended by Joint Secretary NH&LH division , Syed Junaid Akhlaq and other officials of division and PAL.