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ISLAMABAD, Jan 29 (APP): Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani
Sunday said it seemed that a deliberate attempt was being made to strangulate culture of literature and poetry in the society.
He said it will ultimately lead to a culture of intolerance and violence.
He expressed these views at the first Urdu Literary Festival, organized by Perveen Shakir Trust in connection with 39th anniversary of poetic collection ‘Khushboo’ of late Perveen Shakir.
He said that history was replete with examples when poets like Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Habib Jalib stood against dictatorships and authoritarian rules and their poetry led to emergence of new movements. Unfortunately, culture of literature was eventually
abandoned in the society, he added.
Rabbani said literature did promote new thinking, tolerance, and compassion in a society.
The Chairman Senate said rural areas are facing hardships due to lack of basic facilities and urban centers were apparently in a race for power.
Chairperson of Perveen Shakir Trust, Parveen Qadir Agha highlighted the objectives of the Trust and said that Urdu poetry festival was unique and first of its kind by celebrating book launching of Khushboo, authored by Parveen Shakir in 1977 in Karachi.
She said the Trust is vigorously promoting, protecting and preserving her poetry and Urdu literature.
Later on, Chairman Senate also distributed seven “Aks-e-Khushboo Awards” to literary figures and lauded the excellent arrangements made in this regard.
The event was attended by noted literary figures, journalists, writers, poets and people from different walks of life.