The 4th Faisalabad literary festival has commenced at Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Auditorium Faisalabad Arts Council (FAC) here Friday. Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani inaugurated the two-day festival. Members organizing committee including literary figure Asghar Nadeem Syed, Sara Hayat, Miss Toshiba, Dr Sheeba Alam, Resident Director FAC Sofia Bedar and other noted personalities from literary circle were present on the occasion. Famous poetess Zehra Nigah while presiding over the first session of the festival said that ‘we want to live but with respect’.
She said that youth are future of us and they should come forward in all sectors for the bright future of the nation. Noted lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan in his key address highlighted the culture of Sindh valley while prominent literary figure IA Rehman expressed his views and presented analysis on 70-Years’ literature and art. Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani said that literary personalities are precious asset of the society who guide the people in right direction, promote positive thinking and mend the social evils through their poetry and writings. A book fair was also organized to facilitate the book lovers.
A special literary sitting, organised with reference to ‘Art & cultural policy work of Punjab government’ was held at Multan Arts Council with renowned educationist and artist Anwar Jamal in the chair. The sitting called for strengthening cultural institutions aiming to promote tolerance and fraternity in society. Programme Manager Radio Pakistan Multan Khalid Iqbal said the aforesaid policy was architected under observation of overall cultural policy of the province. He hailed CM Punjab as being architect of the cultural policy.
Renowned musician Sagheer Ahmad said culture promotes tolerance, adding that the policy would create peaceful and healthy environment in society. Prof Ali Sukhan War, Rana Tasweer Ahmad, Shakir Hussain and others termed the policy a historic success on the part of the government.—APP