As a participant of the Islamabad Literary Festival (ILF) recently, I felt proud that I had the chance to meet and listen to people from both sides of the border. It was a very well arranged festival and the organizers had made great efforts to bring in various names, that needed no introduction. There were five sessions running simultaneously and the presence of Indian scholars added color to the festival. The session of ‘Dataan Goi’ by Danish from India and performance by Sheema Kirmani were held on the first day. Artistic work by Jamal Shah and a novel narration by Faryal Ali Gohar provided starved spectators with a treat.

The young media managers of the event must be appreciated for getting the event properly covered in the press and electronic media, which had brought the public and the literature lovers together in droves. Mustansar Hussain Tarar’s session kept the audience glued to their seats. In short it was a great event and a chance to meet different people from different cultures under one roof. Such activities must go on to decrease the intolerance in our society.


Islamabad, April 29.