Nazariya Pakistan Council (NPC) on Wednesday offered literary personalities and organizations to come to the Aiwan-e-Quaid, F-9 Park, sit, discuss and share their ideas , problems and works over a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits.
This is going to be Lahore’s Pak Tea House like arrangement for the esteemed writers, poets and thinkers of the twin cities. The offer was made by the NPC administration at a round-table meeting held to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the NPC’s popular socio-literary programme ‘Nuqta-i-Nazr’ or ‘Point of View.’ One could see a large number of distinguished literary personalities—poets, writers, men of letters, intellectuals, artists and social scientists—coming to the Aiwan-e-Quaid to celebrate the third year of their monthly ‘bethak’ under the banner of Nuqta-i-Nazr. Chairman of the NPC Mr Zahid Malik presided over the round-table while members of the executive committee, renowned philanthropist and Chairman of Sultana Foundation Dr Naeem Ghani, eminent educationist and writer Mrs Farrukh Khan, former minister Dr Basharat Jazbi and the real force behind the success of Nuqta-i-Nazr, Anjum Khaliq Director (Media) and a poet in his own right were among the hosts of the meeting with literary personalities.
The writers were of the view that Pak Tea House like facility at the NPC would not only offer them a platform to share their ideas with each other but it would also provide them peaceful environment to discuss social and political issues confronting the country. Writer, poet and playwright Farheen Chaudhry speaking on the occasion welcomed the NPC initiative and called for inviting youth to Nuqta-i-Nazr’s monthly discussions. This socio-literary programme can have far reaching effects if it is duly projected on social media, she said. Another known poet Wafa Chishti called for holding annual or six-monthly poetic recital or Mushaira on our national subjects like ‘patriotism’, ‘Pakistan Movement’, ‘Freedom,’ ‘Iqbal’ and ‘Quaid.’
Poet and novelist Afshan Abbasi also hailed the NPC’s contributions and sessions on literary and social subjects. She stressed representation of youth at the NPC meetings. Farah Deeba poet and lecturer called for introducing easy and comprehensive language especially in Pak Studies. Rukhsana Saulat said Islamabad was once known as city of literary programmes. However, she mourned now literary meetings were not taking frequently as they once used to be. She paid compliments to the chairman of the NPC for holding writers’ get-together and offering them a facility to relax and share ideas. She also called for a need to establish a rich library at the Aiwan-e-Quaid.
Writer Qayyum Tahir said if NPC really wanted to support writers it should facilitate them in getting their works published. Poet Hasan Abbas Raza said media people should be invited to NPC’s monthly Nuqta-i-Nazr meetings. Writer, publisher and journalist Saqib Akbar said thinking of writers and their problems was a good initiative by the NPC. He paid compliments to Anjum Khaliq, the organizer of Nuqta-i-Nazr, who kept the monthly programme afloat despite odds. He suggested book launching ceremonies should be made part of Nuqta-i-Nazr programmes. Aqeela Asif, write and Assistant Professor COMSATS, said NPC besides its literary endeavours should highlight works of the leaders of the Pakistan Movement. Worker of the Pakistan Movement Sheikh Mukhtar Ahmed, eminent scientist and Chairman of the Pakistan Science Academy Dr Anwar Naseem, Asghar Abid, Firdous Alam, Dr Rashid, Naseem Sehar, Tanveer Zuberi, Hakeem Mehmood Saharanpuri, Tahir Siddiqui, Durr-e-Shehwar Tauseef and Tahir Siddiqui also supported the idea of writers’ corner at the Aiwan-e-Quaid and termed it a great service to writers’ community by the NPC. Earlier, Anjum Khaliq gave a brief introduction of Nuqta-e-Nazr.
He said Nuqta-i-Nazar, initiated in July 2012, was designed to provide the scholars and intellectuals with a platform to carry out monthly discussions on various national, religious, social and literary issues in a free and informal atmosphere.
More than 30 programmes have been conducted wherein over 250 writers, poets, intellectuals, educationists and representatives of civil society, welfare organizations, teachers and students participated to share their views on this platform, Anjum Khaliq further informed.
Later, shields were given away to some of the most regular participants of the monthly meetings. They included Wafa Chishti, Dr Fakhra Naureen, Dr Farhat Abbas, Dr Anwar Naseem, Asghar Abid, Hafiz Noor Ahmed, Ali Akbar Abbas, Afshan Abbasi, Farheen Chaudhry, and Saqib Akbar.
Pakistan Observer, “Writers and poets celebrate Nuqta-i-Nazar’s 3rd anniversary,” in Pakistan Observer, July 30, 2015. Accessed on July 30, 2015, at: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=269304
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