Creation of an organization to promote Pashtun literature and culture

PESHAWAR: Qaumi Adabi Majlis, a new organization, was launched here on Sunday to promote Pashtun literary culture to boost the image of the Pakhtun community.

The organization held its first provincial convention to promote literary and cultural activities across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and beyond.

Delegates of writers from Sindh, Balochistan and Islamabad participated in the event held at the Iranian Cultural Center.

KP Information and Higher Education Minister Kamran Bangash was the guest of honor. Former Federal Minister Ghazi Gulab Jamal and DG Khana-e-Farhang Peshawar, Mehran Iskandariyan were also among the participants.

Addressing the event, Kamran Banagsh said the KP government still supports such efforts and will continue to do so in the future. He said poets and writers have played a central role in shaping public opinion.

About 36 QAM representatives were sworn in and pledged to work for the promotion of the cause of peace and positive values ​​enhancing the image of the Pakhtuns.

Ismail Gohar, president of QAM, said his organization wants poets, writers and artists to work in unison to educate the masses through writing. He added that an inclusive and comprehensive body has long had to work towards reviving literary and cultural activities with the aim of providing a healthy forum for aspiring writers so that literary and cultural standards can be improved.

Amjad Ali Khadim, another writer, said that the writers’ joint efforts will lead to substantial change in society. He said QAM will work to improve literary and cultural activities, adding that a standard literary magazine will be launched in the coming days.

An artist, Asfandyar Khattak, performed the Khattak dance while a Pashtun interpretation of a Persian book was also part of the event.

He was followed by the great mushira where the poets read verses and received applause from the audience. Professor Aseer Mangal, Hasina Gul, Professor Zubair Hasrat and Kalsoomzeb also spoke on this occasion.

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