Importance of literature emphasised at PAL


Writing is the embroidery of words. It is the intricacy and delicacy of one’s mind imprinted on paper. The scope of writing is ever evolving, from personal to societal to universal to cosmic and so forth. This was stated by Dr Waseem Ahmad, the Dean of the Humanities and English Department of the FC College University Lahore, in a discussion and reading session held here at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL), the other day. The topic of the evening was ‘Contemporary Pakistani English Writing’ where the participants, comprised mostly of the budding English writers, deliberated in detail on the process of writing and the contemporary needs to write in English. According to a press released issued here on Monday , the session was moderated by the prominent poet Khurram Khirraam Siddiqui who advised the aspiring writers to be more open towards literature produced in other Pakistani languages and that the English writing should not be deemed as a threat to other Pakistani languages. He said that the increase in the number of Pakistanis learning English in spoken and written forms meant promotion of better image of Pakistan in the world.