According to a statement made public on Wednesday, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) will host a three-day literary festival from March 17 to March 19. The festival strives to give people a forum to advance reading, culture, art, and literature. For the first time, the festival has been split into two halves, and each day will feature a different lineup of events, such as Mushaira, Heer Goai, Manzil-Ba-Manzil Islamabad, theatre, traditional dances, and musical nights. A panel discussion on Pakistani languages will also be held.
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Renowned poets like Iftikhar Arif, Anwar Sahoor, Khurshid Rizvi, Fawad Hasan Fawad, and Akbar Ehsan will perform during the festival. In contrast, the panel discussion will feature Hafeez Khan, Dr. Saghira Sadaf, Abbasian Yousafzai, and Dr. Mohammad Yusuf. In Liaquat Gymnasium, three musical nights beginning at 8 p.m. will feature performers from all around the nation, such as Shafqat Amanat Ali, Hadiqa Kayani, Sahir Ali, and Sanam Marvi.
The goal of the literary festival, according to CDA Chairman Noorul Amin Mengal, is to advance literature and culture. It will become a recurring event. He voiced concern that today's youth are avoiding reading books and literature, which are crucial for understanding literature and culture. Such events would help draw the younger generation back to their roots. The CDA chairman also stated that different businesses are covering all costs associated with the literary festival. The CDA intends to host Jashan Baharan in Islamabad following the occasion.