ISLAMABAD – The Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) of the International Islamic University, Islamabad, (IIUI) in collaboration with Department of English, IIU, organised reading and discussion session with Qaisera Shahraz, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an award-winning novelist, playwright, education consultant and a college inspector, at central library of the university.Dr Muhammad Safeer Awan was the moderator of the session while Dr Munawar Iqbal Gondal, Acting Dean Faculty of Language & Literature, welcomed and introduced the writer. Qaisera Shahraz said her first work which gave her fame was a short story “A pair of Jeans” which was added by a German female professor in the syllabus in 1988 and it deals with the issue of cross-cultural identity.She mentioned her two novels “The Holy Women” and “Typhoon” and also mentioned how the idea of writing them came in her mind and what was the reason behind writing them.She also said that she had no pressures and she wrote objectively and gave the message to the reader that modern Muslim woman is not facing any internal and domestic pressure. She also read some parts of her both novels and also discussed the characters, their mentality, actions, background and the message, which she wanted to deliver through the characters. Dr Qaisera Shahzad also shared her feelings of how a writer starts loving his characters and how she adopted one of her character in first novel for the second novel also. She said writing needs creativity, sensibility, sensitivity as well as good imagination.  Earlier Director IRD Dr Talib Hussain Sial gave a brief introduction of Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) and its mission, motives and contribution in the university and through its outreach programs and welcomed the guest. The students and faculty members participated through their questions and answers and appreciated her work and expressed their feelings and sentiments of honor for her because of being a Pakistani writer. At the end she signed her novels for the students and faculty members.