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Karachi Literature Festival 2012:
Karachi, Feb 13: The two-day Karachi Literature Festival came to an end on a highly vibrant
and encouraging note on Sunday with, according to the organisers, around
15,000 people of all age groups and diverse social and cultural
backgrounds, visiting the function.
Visitors were seen streaming
in round the clock. In fact it became a real dilemma for the organisers
as the rooms and the halls just did not have the capacity to
accommodate so many visitors and many, who came with high hopes of
listening to speakers and discussions of their choice, had to either
return disappointed or just stand outside the rooms.
the second day of the festival, the organisers, to some extent solved
the problem by fixing a giant video screen outside the biggest venue,
the Ballroom, and a large number for whom there was no room left in the
room, were seen crowding around the video screen and monitoring the
proceedings inside. The hotel lobby was jam-packed.
dozens of authors from the Pakistani diaspora who have made a mark for
themselves in the field of authorship and literature in their adopted
countries, most notable among them being Ayesha Jalal, an
internationally-acclaimed historian and author, presently teaching at
Tufts University, Boston, USA; and Hanif Kureishi, the Pakistan-origin
London-based writer and playwright whose plays have been hits the world
Sunday, the closing day of the festival featured some
highly intellectually invigorating and socially productive panel
discussions. Among these, there was a discussion titled, "The emergence
of Bangladesh: a military failure or the collapse of civil society",
based on Sarmila Bose's book on the subject. It was a soul-searching
expose of the circumstances that led to the December 1971 tragedy.
Brigadier (retd) AR Siddiqui, came up with an objective analysis
highlighting the political events in the period intervening from the
general elections of December 1970 and the fall of Dhaka. So did noted
journalist Khalid Ahmed, even though their views were divergent. The
session saw some emotional exchanges when the discussion was thrown open
to the gathering for questions and answers with some vehemently
defending the Pakistani position in the conflict and others highlighting
the blunders by the then government of Pakistan.
Then there was a
discussion on literary criticism and Urdu classics. These were just
some of the many discussions held on various literary subjects and
The festival finally came to an end with an
interactive dialogue between Susan Nicklin, Director, Literature, of
British Council, London, and Hanif Kureishi.
Kureishi, in reply
to Nicklin's question, said that his visit to Karachi and to the
festival was a source of pleasure as he had seen for himself the desire
and the urgency among the people of Pakistan, especially the young folk,
to speak out unfettered about their country and other countries
"We all know that politicians are a
dishonest lot of people", he said, adding, "So one place where people
can speak their minds out and vent their grievances against politicians
are stories, and it is so nice to know that Pakistan is teeming with
young highly promising writers. He said the effects of writing may not
manifest themselves immediately and quoted the example of Charles
Dickens, about whom he said, people just didn't bother because they
weren't even aware of what he was trying to put forth, but it was
generations later that Dickens' writings brought about revolutionary
changes in society. Writers, he said, tell you of what's going on in
"No writer exists on his own. He has to bank on what others say and feel. That is how culture develops", he said.
Fryer, Director, Programmes, of British Council, said that these two
days had turned out to be highly fruitful and lauded the work done by
the OUP and his team at the British Council in organising such a
Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of the Oxford
University Press (Pakistan), thanked the British Council for their
cooperation without which, she said holding such a mega event could not
have been possible.
She said that the festival was meant to
showcase the tremendous store of talent in the country. She said that
entry to the festival would continue to be free and announced that next
year onwards, it would be a three-day festival. She also thanked her
team immensely for their hard work in making the event a success and had
special words of praise for Zehra Naseem and Raheela Baqai of the
Oxford University Press.
Dr Asif Aslam Farrukhi, lauded the work
done by the OUP and the British Council and said that the event, by all
accounts was a resounding success. The closing speeches were followed by
a musical programme by Salman Ahmed and his ensemble, Junoon.
The proceedings of the closing ceremony were conducted by Mahshud Rizvi, Director British Council in Sindh and Balochistan. The news
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KU teachers vow to continue protest
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers Association
(Kuts) has announced that it will continue a boycott of classes on
Monday against the recent suspension and sacking of Sindh University
teachers for their participation in a protest against murder of their
colleague, Prof Bashir Ahmed Channar.
Classes at Karachi University were suspended on Saturday in line with the Kuts' boycott call.
president Prof Mutahir Ahmed said a rally would be held in front of the
KU administration block to denounce the Sindh education minister's
'uncalled for remarks' against the protesting teachers. Dawn
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SSC practical exams before theory papers
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi
(BSEK) has decided to conduct the Secondary School Certificate practical
examination-2012 from March 1 to 19.
According to BSEK
controller of examinations Rafia Mallah, the decision to hold the
practical exam prior to the theory papers was taken in the light of the
Sindh education department steering committee's recommendations.
She said that the admit cards would be issued to the candidates' educational institutions concerned from Feb 22 to 27.
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Malakand University BA/BSc exam schedule
Peshawar: The University of Malakand has invited applications for BA and BSc Part-I
& II regular, late college and private candidates on prescribed
examination admission forms available on the university website
www.uom.edu.pk, at all branches of Allied Bank Limited in Malakand
Division, NBP University Campus (Malakand University) and Habib Bank
Limited Chakdarra branch free of cost.
The examination is tentatively scheduled to be held in the last week of May.
forms can be submitted with normal fee up to February 28, with late fee
Rs100 up to March 6, with double fee up to March 13 and with triple fee up to March 21.
is tentatively scheduled to be held in the third week of February while
application forms can be submitted with double fee up to February 13. The news
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Uniform syllabus in KP in four months: minister
Kohat: Provincial Minister for Education Sardar
Hussain Babak has said that a uniform syllabus in mother tongue would be
introduced throughout the province within four months.
at a ceremony at Ustarzai village here on Sunday, he said that the
government wanted to spread education by establishing more schools and
colleges in the province.
He also said that the government would provide free education and books to the students.
He said that the Awami National Party was against terrorism and vowed to restore peace in the province.
Abdul Nabi Bangash said that the ANP was a secular party, which did not
believe in hatred on the basis of religion and language.
He stressed that religious harmony was imperative for the survival of the country.
He claimed that gas and schools would soon be provided to the Ustarzai area.
Later, former chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, Syed Ibne Ali, announced to join the ANP. Dawn
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UoP student distinction
Peshawar: Reena Shaheed Soherwordi secured first position among the private candidates
of the University of Peshawar (UoP) MA in political science final year
Mrs Soherwordi, 26, wife of Hussain Shaheed
Soherwordi, lecturer at the Department of International Relations (IR),
UoP, obtained 752 out of the total 1,100 marks to clinch the top
She had also stood first in her Bachelor of Arts (BA)
examination in which she had also appeared as a private candidate. She
had topped the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar,
in the Secondary School Certificate examination that she had taken as
student of the Forward Public School, Hayatabad Peshawar.
She said she intended to apply for the Fulbright
scholarship to acquire higher education. She said she took inspiration
from her husband who completed his MS and PhD from the University of
Edinburgh and returned to teach at the Department of International
She said that hard work was the only key to her
success and the people of the province should believe in hard work. "The
current generation should not be disheartened by the prevailing
situation in the country. This is the time to excel and set an example
that Pakhtuns can work in any odd circumstances," she said.
Soherwordi wants to do her PhD research on 'The Application of
Orientalism and Structuralism during the War on Terror in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 2001-2012'. The news
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