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‘Literature solves current issues with past history’

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13.01.2018

LAHORE: First launched in November 2011 in Lahore, inaugurated by the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shabaz Sharif and spearheaded by the likes of CEO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aghai (ITA) Baela Raza Jamil and Ameena Saiyid of the Oxford University Press, the Children’s Literary Festival 2018 made its way in the beginning of the New Year to the heart of the Lahore Fort “celebrating peace, heritage and 70 years of Pakistan” in a two day jam-packed festival.

On a bright sunny winter’s morning in the Diwan-e-Aam Garden at the Shahi Qila, the CLF Walled City Lahore in a unique collaboration with the Walled City Lahore Authority, kicked off with its first session on Saturday, January 13, 2018 titled ‘OUP’s Contribution to Children’s Literature in Pakistan’. The panelists examining the topic included names such as Ameena Saiyid, Faisal Bari, Arfa Syeda Zehra, Fouzia Khan and Zubeida Mustafa. The talk was moderated by prominent book writer Romana Hussain who commenced the one hour panel discussion with a brief introduction on the main purpose of holding the literary festival.

Zubeida Mustafa, an esteemed addition to the series of Graphic Stories for children, took over the discourse pointing the audience out to Sassi, an eight month old girl crouched on her father’s (Faisal Bari) lap, holding a book in her hand. Zubeida said that eight-month old Sassi sucks the book, fiddles with it and bites on its corners wondering what it might be, and that in itself is enough to open the much needed Pandora’s Box of questions and myths for children close to her age. “OUP Pakistan’s main objective is the advancement of education – education through learning, questioning, thinking about yourself and those around you, as well as thinking about the whole universe,” she........

© Daily Times