Pakistan News & Features Services
Lahore has been the cultural capital of Pakistan and the city created another sensation by hosting the first-ever Lahore Literary Festival which was inaugurated by the Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, at Alhamra, The Mall, on February 22.
The highlight of the ceremony was the lifetime achievements awards presented to three icons of literature, Intizar Husain, Bapsi Sidhwa and Zehrah Nigah, who also recited her famous poem on the occasion.
The Chief Minister, in his speech, fondly recalled the Lahore of 1950s and 1960s when the families, including Parsis and Christians, strolled for hours. Upon the request of the organizers for greater government-private initiative partnership in aid of culture, Shahbaz Sharif announced to set up a fund for writers, pledging to form committee for the purpose soon.
He welcomed the grand assembly of eminent writers, poets, scholars and journalists, complimenting the organizers for doing a fabulous job by putting it efforts to turn the dream of holding Lahore Literary Festival into reality.
The passion, patriotism and love for the country, Lahore exuded by not just literary delights but the ever-enthusiastic crowd made the festival an instant success.