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Biannual ‘Pakistani Literature’ published

By our correspondents
January 27, 2016


Pakistani literature has secured a significant space in the world literature. Translation of Pakistani literature written in different languages of Pakistan has introduced Pakistan’s multi-lingual literary heritage to the international readership and earned high appreciation world over. These views were expressed by Dr Muhammad Qasim Bhugio, chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, in a briefing on the latest issue No. 18, Volume-I of biannual ‘Pakistani Literature’.

The chairman said that over the years since its appearance in 1991 ‘Pakistani Literature’ has established a reasonably solid framework for its continuity. The journal has been presenting a balanced selection from different Pakistani languages such as Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Saraiki, Pashto, Balochi, Brahvi, Hindko, Kashmiri and Gilgiti-Baltistani. It has been our effort to present selections from modern Pakistani literature as well as from the classical. This, as we think, facilitate our international as well as Pakistani readers be familiar with the literary trends of the past as well as the present of our various languages. This also illustrates continuity of our literary history as each generation of writers and poets builds upon the tradition of old masters.

He further added that Pakistani languages, as they have developed as a result of over centuries of interaction with each other and with neighbouring civilizations so contain a unique literature which can enrich the body of world literature.

The renowned writer, intellectual and poet Mushir Anwar is the guest editor of this special issue. The translations work of different writers includes: Munir Ahmed Badeni, Mir Gul Khan Naseer, Agha Gul, Taj Muhammad Tajjal, Razzaq Nadir, Fahim Ahmed Khan, Syed Masoom Shah Saqib, Sabir Hussain Imdad, Dr. Zafar Hussain Zafar, Dr. Maqsood Jaffery, Hameed Razi, Zubair Ahmed, Ahmed Rahi, Ahmed Zafar, Anjum Saleemi, Farooq Sarwar, Aseer Mangal, Samandar Khan Samandar, Ajmal Khattak, Humayun Huma, Rabnawaz Mail, Mehmood Ayaz, Hafeez Khan, Qasim Sial, Shamim Arif Qureshi, Sheikh Ayaz, Jamal Abro, Ustad Bukhari, Ejaz Mangi, Ghulam Abbas, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Hajira Masroor, Masood Ashaar, Khalida Hussain, Asad Muhammad Khan, Ahmed Javaid, Majeed Amjad, Wazir Agha, Zia Jallundhary, Shahzad Ahmed, Afzal Pervaiz, Ahmed Shamim, Fahmida Riaz, Aftab Iqbal Shamim, Naseer Ahmad Nasir, Samina Raja and Farrukh Yar. Original English writings and prose by Prof. Alamgir Hashmi, Ilona Yusuf, Salman Tarik Kureshi and Bushra Naqi also published in this journal.