The second day of Islamabad Literature Festival witnessed hundreds of enthusiastic visitors from all walks of life. More than 122 authors, writers, artists and journalists from home and abroad are participating in the festival. A jam-packed hall with youth and intellectuals paid rich tributes to poet Habib Jalib at a session moderated by Mujahid Barelvi. Prominent columnists Ayaz Amir, Arifa Syeda and Zehra Nigah spoke on the occasion, highlighting the achievements of the poet. 

It was with fanfare and a crowded hall that the second Islamabad Literature Festival opened at Margalla Hotel on Friday afternoon under the auspices of Oxford University Press.

Last year, was the festival’s maiden voyage in Islamabad, following the successes of similar events in Karachi since 2010, and in Lahore, where several publishing houses have joined hands in organising such annual events.