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One Pakistan

Published Date: Aug 13, 2012


Speakers at a book launch hailed author Dr. Humaira Ishfaq for her literary work on progressive writing movement in India and Pakistan.

They expressed these views at the launch of her three books titled “Taraqqi Pasand Tanqeed,” “Nasar-e-Rasheed Jahan” and “Mukhtar Saddiqui: Representative of Neo-Classical Tradition,” here on Monday. Large number of book lovers and literary persons were present at the occasion Dr Anwar Ahmad, Chairman, National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad, chaired the session and gave his critical input on the book “Taraqqi Pasand Tanqeed”. He said, progressive movements in India and Pakistan has reconnected the “Adab with Asal Zindagi”, which he argued, is about giving voice to repressed, struggling for peace and fighting injustice and slavery in the society.

“Few people devote their lives for literature and Humaira Ishfaq is one of them,” he said while commenting on her work on progressive movement.  He admired author for her efforts to bring forth the scattered and forgotten work of great writers and said such work requires extreme dedication and hard work.

Shafqat Kakakhel, Senior Advisor, SDPI gave introduction and explored the links between sustainable development and literature. He said, sustainable development encapsulates all aspects of life where literature plays important role in influencing thought process. After industrial revolution literature was instrumental in twentieth century movements such as preservation of environment and natural resources, he went on to add.

Ahmad Salim, Senior Advisor, SDPI deliberated on Humaira Ishfaq’s work on the poet, play writer and critic Mukhtar Saddiqui. “I myself was interested to work on Mukhtar but then Humaira approached me to work on him and I am glad that she has done a great job. I congratulate her for doing great job doing justice with the personality of Mukhtar Saddique,” he added. Ahmad Salim also recounted his days with Mukhtar and described him as a person with creative mind, humble attitude, progressive idealogy and without any prejudice to anyone.

Dr Najeeba Arif, eminent critic spoke on Humaira Ishfaq’s work on Dr. Rasheed Jahan. She said,  change in society starts with thought process which is initiated by literature and writers. She congratulated Dr. Humaira and said, “I can see the making of another Rasheed Jahan who struggled for the  cause of ordinary in her writings and pave the way for positive change in the society.

Earlier, Dr Humaira Ishfaq, author of the books gave brief introduction of her books. She said, books give opportunity to author to express oneself and these books not only provide a window into progressive movements but also an insight into the lives of progressive writers such as Rasheed Jahan and  Mukhtar Saddique. She said, writing on Mukhtar Saddiqui was a very personal choice and Ahmad Salim helped her in exploring various dimension of his work. She also discussed progressive movement in backdrop of Sufism and hard-line Muslim clergy and said, Bulleh Shah was the biggest progressive writer she ever read.