Monday, May 30, 2011

Javed Jabbar’s new book helps rediscover Pakistan

Jumbo Editorial Team

Javed Jabbar’s popular book titled ‘Pakistan-Unique Origins: Unique Destiny?’ has been hailed as a masterpiece on the subject. It has been published by the National Book Foundation.

The former Senator and an ex-Federal Minister had more than a dozen books to his credit before he spared time to come up with his first full length book which was launched at the National Library Auditorium in Islamabad recently.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, who presided over the function, reckoned that a steady and unwavering commitment to a representative, free and fair political process alone guarantees accountability, transparency and stability in Pakistan.

“In my own opinion the most significant dimension of the book is its strong emphasis on the need to sustain and strengthen a civil, elected, democratic system in Pakistan without interruption and diversion,” he asserted.

“The book is of immediate relevance to all Pakistanis living in the country and abroad and it makes us realize afresh how precious and dear is this beloved country of ours. It provides information to Pakistanis about the extraordinary factors which shaped the nation’s birth and the difficult conditions through which it has survived and grown over the past six decades. The most vital audience for this book is the young generation of Pakistan,” the Prime Minister pointed out.

“This book will help dispel doubts and despair. It will generate a new energy and self-confidence amongst citizens in general and youth in particular,” he hoped.

“This book underlines the urgent need for collective action, for a spirit of shared values and for meaningful co-operation,” the Prime Minister thought.

Javed Jabbar, in his address, expressed surprise at the punctuality of guests in his book launch since he had cited lack of respect for time as one of Pakistan’s major national weaknesses.

In his introductory remarks, Mazharul Islam, a noted writer and Managing Director, National Book Foundation, spoke of the importance of book culture and urged the Prime Minister to take steps for the promotion of reading culture.

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