KARACHI - The future of children’s Urdu literature is in safe hands, but this time the credit falls to the lot of young writers and poets who have been keeping the flag of Urdu literature flying high. 

This was declared by leading literary figures and journalists at the inaugural ceremony of the 40th anniversary edition of Mahnama Sathee, Pakistan’s premier children’s monthly. 

Held on Wednesday evening at the Karachi Arts Council, the 40th anniversary of children’s monthly was presided over by Mehmood Sham, a veteran Urdu journalist and poet. 

In his address, senior Urdu journalist and poet Mehmood Sham said the publication of Mahnama Sathee’s 40th anniversary edition is a landmark achievement in the history of Urdu literature produced for school children and young adults, particularly in this part of the world. 

He said Mahnama Sathee is one of the leading literary initiatives taken voluntarily in the Subcontinent for the promotion of children’s literature and family reading and the magazine has been successfully accelerating the overall literacy drive and education in the country. 

Senior journalist Athar Ali Hashmi said through our articles we teach the young generation about the most common pronunciation, lexical and grammatical errors they make both verbally and in writing. 

Mubashir Ali Zaidi, a renowned Urdu journalist, emphasized on the need to develop reading skills in today’s children and said those who are joining the mainstream media today are not well-versed in children’s literature at all, compared to those who had earlier served the profession of journalism.