Karachi Literature Festival celebrated for the 1st time in London

London [UK], May 22 : London recently experienced Pakistan's, while celebrating Karachi Literature Festival, for the first time outside Pakistan.

KLF was marked with freedom of expression and views of leading modern Pakistani writers and intellectuals and present that before the international platform.

According to News.com.pk, eminent authors and intellectuals who were present at the event included Aamer Hussein, Ali Zaidi, Imtiaz Dharker, Kamila Shamsie, Mehreen Jabbar, Mohammed Hanif, Moni Mohsin, Cyrial Almeida, Mirza waheed, Atiqa Odho, Nimra Bucha, Taimur Rahman, Sayeeda Warsi, and Asif Farrukhi.

Mohammed Hanif opened the festival with his keynote speech on Pakistan's history, hopes and dilemmas. He told the audience that Pakistani writers were coming up with modern ideas and their writings were sharp and intelligent.

He spoke about the challenges the Pakistani writers face, yet continue with resilience charting out their identity.

Ameena Saiyid OBE, co-founder of KLF and Managing Director of Oxford University Press Pakistan, hailed the KLF in London as a great success and said, "It is not possible to bring the world to Pakistan to savour our literature and cultural creativity but it is possible to take it to the world.

The cultural crossroad that is the great city of London is the perfect place to bring together our authors, both from within Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora, to celebrate the vigour and originality of their writings in the 70th year of Pakistan's independence.".

Source: ANI