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Author Amardeep Singh clarifies that ‘Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’ is devoid of any political agenda

This is with regard to our story titled “Khalistan could only exist in Pakistan” carried by ANI on April 18, 2017.

The said story was carried out on the basis of public domain inputs of discussion on a book titled “Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan” by author Amardeep Singh during its presentation at the fifth Islamabad Literature Festival in Pakistan.

In his book, the author has pointed out that 80 percent of the Sikh empire existed in what is Pakistan today. On the basis of the facts of history stated by the author, the article offered a counter narrative of the concept of Khalistan by interpreting the book against the basis of the Khalistan movement.

 The author has clarified that the book is purely historical in nature and context, written against the backdrop of humanity and heritage. It is devoid of any political agenda. Read more


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Pakistan: Literature Festival 2015 concludes today

The three-day third Islamabad Literature Festival, arranged by Oxford University Press (OUP), is going to conclude today (Sunday).

OUP Managing Director Ameena Saiyid said the OUP is gathering avid readers, writers, academics, and literary figures from across Pakistan and the world for the second day of the 3rd Islamabad Literature Festival, which began on Friday at a hotel. Continue reading


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Islamabad Literature Festival: Glowing tribute paid to Habib Jalib

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. 
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Pakistan: Literature festival opens in Islamabad

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. Continue reading


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Pakistan: Shobhaa De, Ritu Menon to attend second Islamabad Literature Festival

Shobha_DeIndian authors Shobhaa De and Ritu Menon will take part in the three-day second Islamabad Literature Festival from April 25 to 27 organised by the Oxford University Press (OUP).

Announcing this, OUP Managing Director Ameena Saiyid OBE and Dr Asif Farrukhi, the co-founders of the Karachi Literature Festival and the Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) said at a press conference on Tuesday that over 120 writers and speakers from Pakistan and abroad from five countries would take part in the festival. There will be 67 sessions and 14 book launches.

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Islamabad Literature Festival pulls in over 15,000 people

The first-ever Islamabad Literature Festival closed here on Wednesday with over 15,000 participants attending 35 sessions. Seventy leading literature and non-fiction English and Urdu writers interacted with the participants. The highlight of the festival was the participation of youth, who showed keen interest in literary and current affairs issues.

Granta Award winner Kamila Shamshie read extract from her upcoming novel, which is based on the period between 1915 and 1930 and revolves around a Pakhtun soldier who gets wounded in the First World War and is taken to Britain for treatment. It also gives a peep into the life in Peshawar during that period.

During the session on Pakistan and Afghanistan: Conflict and Extremism, Zahid Husain said “I am more worried about Pakistan because terrorism and extremism is going to increase after withdrawal of US forces in 2014. The roots of militancy are deep-rooted which have grown under state patronage in Pakistan. The political parties who believe that once US withdraws from Afghanistan, Taliban issue in Pakistan would be resolved are living in fools’ paradise,” he said.

Amir Rana, an expert on militancy said, “We don’t have any policy towards Afghanistan. We need to develop a bilateral approach with Afghanistan not because we are nudged by other powers but as our own policy. Water issue with Afghanistan will be an issue that needs to be resolved at bilateral level.”

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Islamabad Literature Festival to kick off on Tuesday

On Tuesday, scores of literary figures of the country will gather in Margallah Hotel Islamabad on the occasion of Islamabad Literature Festival. They will show the grandeur of the literature by discussing poetry, novels, dramas and many more. Intizar Hussain, the acclaimed writer, Zia Mohyeddin, the director, educator and artist and Kamila Shamsie, the young novelist would deliver the keynote speeches. Amjad Islama Amjad, the renowned poet, Rasul Bakhsh Raees, the social scientist, Asif Farrukhi the literary icon and many other would be there to share their thought-provoking ideas.

This two-day long festival is going to be organized by the Oxford University Press under the directions of Ameena Sayyid and Asif Farrukhi. A press release by the OUP reads “The Islamabad Literature Festival will open with a keynote address by Intizar Hussain, a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, who Nadeem Aslam described as being “the greatest living writer on earth.“ The closing keynote address will be delivered by the actor, director, educator, and cultural leading light, Zia Mohyeddin. A keynote speech will also be delivered by one of Granta’s Best of Young British novelists of 2013, Pakistan’s own Kamila Shamsie. In addition to established names such as these, Abdullah Hussain, Zehra Nigah and many others, the ILF will present many new and emerging Pakistani authors. For aspiring writers, H.M Naqvi and Irshad Abdul Kadir will share advice and insights in a session on how to write a novel. Literature in languages such as Pushto, Punjabi, Urdu, and Pakistani English will be discussed and celebrated. Nimra Bucha will conclude the Festival with her critically acclaimed performance of Mohammed Hanif’s play, “The Dictator’s Wife.”

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OUP to hold ‘Islamabad Literature Festival’

“Encouraged by the remarkable success of the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) over the past four years, Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the 1st Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) which will be held on April 30th to May 1st, 2013.” This announcement was made by Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan, and Founder/Director, Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) to introduce the “First Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF)”.

Referring to KLF details, Ameena Saiyid said that in 2010 there were 34 sessions, 35 speakers, 5,000 participants; in 2011 there were 46 sessions, 102 speakers, 10,000 participants; in 2012 there were 61 sessions, 138 speakers; 15,000 participants. And in 2013 there were 148 sessions, 211 speakers, 50,000 participants. In KLF 2013 writers from nine countries were represented in addition to Pakistan: Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Russia, the UK, and the USA.

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