|Third Karachi Literary Festival (KLF)|
An announcement to this effect was made at a briefing by the Managing Director of OUP Pakistan, Ms. Ameena Saiyid. It was pointed out that the KLF is a reflection of Pakistan’s historical roots as expressed in a multiplicity of languages and in various forms of writing. At the same time it serves to highlight the contemporary context.
The festival also seeks to broaden the picture and counter-balance the negative depiction of society in Pakistan by celebrating the diversity and dynamism of this society. Asif Farrukhi, literary critic, along with Martin Fryer, Director Programmes, British Council Pakistan, and Shreela Ghosh, Director Arts, British Council South Asia, were also present on the occasion.
Ms. Ameena Saiyid said that through dialogue and discussion, readings and renderings, the Festival is intended to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society is expressed by authors from traditions both within and beyond Pakistan’s borders. She said that the festival allows these writers to be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner.
Source: Pakistan Observer