ISLAMABAD – The men of letters on Friday said during a press conference that they would continue their peaceful struggle until the government reverses its decision regarding fate of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL).

The writers and poets, who gathered across the country here at the National Press Club to address a news conference, have once again appealed to the President and Prime Minister to seriously look into the deteriorating affairs of PAL. They reiterated their stance of replacement of PAL under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division, as it was before, after the devolution of Ministry of Education in pursuance of the 18th amendment. They recalled before the media, the hurdles they, being men of letters, and PAL specifically, have been facing after the placement of PAL under newly established Ministry of National Heritage and Integration.   Akademy Bachao Tehreek Chairman, Aftab Iqbal Shamim, Imdad Akaash, President, Fareeda Hafeez, Coordinator, Ahmed Raza Raja, Secretory, Iqbal Hussain Ifkar, Joint Secretary, Syed Mazhar Masood, Press Secretary on the occasion expressed their views during the press conference.

They said that after the establishment of new ministries PAL was put under the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, while another institution (National Book Foundation) dealing with printing of books, was still working under Cabinet Division. They were of the view that that action on the part of government was first step towards demolition of PAL. In other countries institutions of this kind are personally supervised by the heads of State, they added.  “Rulers and Politicians of civilized countries understand that the writers and poets are the brain of a society while in our country, men of letters and literary organizations are being ignored by the Government,” observed the Chairman.