Pakistan: Literature lights up the city of lights

“We hope that an event like the Karachi Literature Festival that we are inaugurating today, the fifth in the city, will be like a beacon the light of which spreads out far and beyond the Beach Luxury Hotel – indeed far beyond the city itself.”

With these words, Ameena Saiyid, the managing director of the Oxford University Press, Pakistan, welcomed over 3,000 guests to the 5th Karachi Literature Festival on the meticulously manicured lawns of the hotel on a balmy sunny morning, enveloped in that refreshing Arabian Sea breeze coming in from the beach.

“The annual festival, instituted in 2010, is all about the promotion of reading, writing, and authors, and of bringing enrichment to people’s minds. It brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in diverse languages,” said Saiyid.

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