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12th Karachi Literature Festival 2021

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About Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), the first and by far the foremost literature festival in the country, needs no introduction. It has become an integral part of the social and intellectual calendar of this city and, indeed, of the country.

12th KLF Speakers

12th KLF Programme

  • Day 1

    Mar 26, 2021

  • Day 2

    Mar 27, 2021

  • Day 3

    Mar 28, 2021

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Inauguration

Throwback KLF 2020: A Documentary
4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Welcome by Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, Pakistan Speeches by Sponsors: Zafar Masud, President & CEO, The Bank of Punjab, and Khalid Mahmood, Managing Director & CEO, Getz Pharma Pvt Ltd., Didier Talpain, Consul General of France, Karachi Remarks by the Guest of Honour: Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner, Karachi Book Awards: 2021 KLF-Getz Pharma English Fiction Prize and Urdu Prose and Poetry Prizes Kejrali - Tirya Hut: Performance by Kaif Ghaznavi

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The Future Frontiers: Keynote Speech by Vali Nasr

Introduction by Neda Mulji
5.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
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Book Launch: Fragrance of Tears: My Friendship with Benazir Bhutto by Victoria Schofield

Victoria Schofield in conversation with Farah Durrani
5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
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Cartooning: No Laughing Matter

Jan Eliot, Patrick Gathara, Sabir Nazar, and Mahboube Pakdel
5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Moderator : Nigar Nazar
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Mehr Afshan Farooqi, Nasir Abbas Nayyar, and Hameed Shahid

Sooraj Ki Tarha Chamkay: Shamsur Rahman Farooqi Ki Shakhsiat Aur Funn
6.40 p.m. - 7.40 p.m.
Moderator : Syed Kashif Raza
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Anti-Colonialism: South Asian Pasts and Presents

Ali Raza, Newal Osman, Farid Panjwani, and Aliya Iqbal-Naqvi
6.40 p.m. - 7.40 p.m.
Moderator : Bilal Zahoor
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From Rock Band to Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

In Conversation with Paul Harding Moderated by Sabyn Javeri
7.50 p.m. - 8.50 p.m.
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The Counter-Revolutionary Wave in the Arab World

Jean-Pierre Filiu, Ahdaf Soueif, and Nazir Hussain Moderated by Khalid Banuri
7.50 p.m. - 8.50 p.m.

Book Launch: Out of Print: Ten Years: An Anthology by Indira Chandrasekhar

Raza Naeem, Urvashi Butalia, and Ali Madeeh Hashmi Moderated by Indira Chandrasekhar
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Nayee Nasl Ki Awaaz: Kal Hamara Hai

Maikan Wahid Baloch, Sajjad Ali Ashar, Kanwal Sofiya, and Kashaaf Iqbal
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Ghazal Ansari

Book Launch: A Beautiful Despair: The Art and Life of Meher Afroz edited by Niilofur Farrukh

Aasim Akhtar and Niilofur Farrukh
12.10 p.m. - 12.40 p.m.
Moderator : Salman Asif

Freedom of Expression in Art and Literature

Osman Haneef, Asim Abbasi, and Safina Danish Elahi in conversation
12.10 p.m. - 12.40 p.m.

Book Launch: Reminiscences of my Wanderings by Arif Kamal

Shahid M. Amin and Arif Kamal
12.50 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.
Moderator : Ejaz Haider

Book Launch: The Smile Snatchers: A Novella by Mian Raza Rabbani

Mian Raza Rabbani in conversation with Muneeza Shamsie
12.50 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.

Book Launch: No-Win War: The Paradox of US-Pakistan Relations in Afghanistan’s Shadow by Zahid Hussain

Kathy Gannon, Maleeha Lodhi, and Zahid Hussain
1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Moderator : Ahmed Rashid

South Asia and Europe: Connecting the Cultures

Christopher Kloeble in conversation with Taha Kehar
1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.

Book Launch: Unravelling Gordian Knots: The Works and Worlds of Dr. Ishrat Husain by Sibtain Naqvi

Sibtain Naqvi, Ishrat Husain, and Sima Kamil
2.40 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.
Moderator : Huma Baqai

Book Launch: The Silk Road and Beyond: Narratives of a Muslim Historian by Iftikhar H. Malik

Rania Hafez, Raziullah Azmi, Astrid Swenson, and Iftikhar H. Malik
2.40 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.
Moderator : Sheba Saeed

Amritsar Agaya Hai: Bhisham Sahni Kay Hindi Afsanay: Urdu Translation by Inaam Nadeem

Inaam Nadeem in conversation with Harris Khalique
3.50 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.

Bold Steps

Maniza Naqvi and Farrukh Iqbal
3.50 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
Moderator : Hoori Noorani

South Asian English Literature: New Directions

Mehvash Amin, Khademul Islam, Namita Gokhale, and Taha Kehar
4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Moderator : Muneeza Shamsie

Lyari Aur Shair o Adab

Zahida Raees Raji, Imran Saqib, Abdul Wahid Comrade, and Ishaque Khamosh
4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Moderator : Waheed Noor

Do Pakistan: Har Pakistani Gharanay Tak Khushaali by Kazim Saeed

Arfa Sayeda Zehra and Kazim Saeed
5.40 p.m. - 6.40 p.m.
Moderator : Munazza Siddiqui

Book Launch: Countering Violent Extremism by Anita Weiss

Taimur Rehman, Anita Weiss, and Farahnaz Ispahani
6.50 p.m. - 7.50 p.m.
Moderator : Risham Waseem

Media Ethics in a Post-truth Society

Amber Rahim Shamsi, Fahd Husain
6.50 p.m. - 7.50 p.m.
Moderator : Raza Rumi

Mushaira, Sadarat: Iftikhar Arif, Nizamat: Nasira Zuberi

Khurshid Rizvi, Kishwar Naheed, Amjad Islam Amjad, Anwar Shaoor, Shahida Hasan, Yasmeen Hameed, Harris Khalique, Noorul Huda Shah, Fazil Jamili, Peerzada Salman, Fawad Hasan Fawad
8.00 p.m. - -

The Atlantic Muse by the Arabian Sea: Poetry in English

Adrian Husain, Athar Tahir, Fatima Ijaz, Mehvash Amin, Moeen Faruqi, Momina Mela, Sadia Babar, Shagufta K Iqbal, Vanessa Kissule, Zeba Hasan Hafeez
8.00 p.m. - -
Moderator : Salman Tarek Kureshi
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Book Launch: Agents of Change: The Problematic Landscape of Pakistan’s K-12 Education and the People Leading the Change by Amjad Noorani and Nadeem Hussain

Anjum Altaf, Amjad Noorani, and Rahila Fatima Shakil
11.00 a.m. - 12 noon
Moderator : Nadeem Hussain
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Pen and Empathy: The Courage of Yasmina Khadra

11.00 a.m. - 12 noon
Moderator : Bina Shah
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Bhooli Bisri Yaadein

Kishwar Naheed in conversation with Mujahid Barelvi
12.10 p.m. - 12.40 p.m.
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Tell Her Everything: Mirza Waheed in conversation with Hira Azmat

Introduction by Michael Houlgate
12.10 p.m. - 12.40 p.m.
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Khawateen Aur Pakistani Zabanon Ka Maujooda Adab

Noorul Huda Shah and Yasmeen Hameed in conversation
12.50 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.
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Book Discussion: Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Doorstep: A Critical Biography by Mehr Afshan Farooqi

Mehr Afshan Farooqi, and Nomanul Haq
12.50 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.
Moderator : Sharif Awan
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EACPE Film Awards 2020: What Have We Learned From The Pandemic?

Sakina Samo and Saqib Malik
1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Moderator : Aisha Munim Khan
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Urdu Adab: Zabaan, Tehzeeb Aur Tareekh

Zehra Nigah and Arfa Sayeda Zehra in conversation
1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
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Roonumai: Baagh e Gul e Surkh by Iftikhar Arif

Hoori Noorani, Harris Khalique, and Iftikhar Arif
2.50 p.m. - 3.50 p.m.
Moderator : Mubeen Mirza
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The Air We Breathe: Pakistan’s vulnerability to Climate Change

Introduction by Jack Hillmeyer Tabitha Spence and Rina Saeed Khan
2.50 p.m. - 3.50 p.m.
Moderator : Amy Christianson
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To Read or to Watch? Books vs Films

Beo Zafar, Omar Shahid Hamid, and Hasan Zaidi
4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Moderator : Bee Gul
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Uniformity vs Diversity: The Single National Curriculum

A.H. Nayyar, Arshad Saeed Husain, Erum Kashif, and Faisal Bari
4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ayesha Razzaque
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A Fire in my Head

Ben Okri in conversation with Maheen Usmani
5.10 p.m. - 6.10 p.m.
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Post Pandemic Economy of Pakistan

Reza Baqir, Zafar Masud, Ishrat Husain, and Khalil Ullah Shaikh
5.10 p.m. - 6.10 p.m.
Moderator : Samiullah Siddiqui
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Role of Soft Power in Diplomacy

Maleeha Lodhi in conversation with Huma Baqai
6.20 p.m. - 7.20 p.m.
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Karachi: Laughter in Chaos

Ali Gul Pir, Khaled Anam, and Shehzad Ghias Shaikh
6.20 p.m. - 7.20 p.m.
Moderator : George Fulton
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Progressive Politics in a Populist Period

Tariq Ali, Bilal Zahoor, Ammar Jan, and Arooj Aurangzeb
7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Moderator : Asma Abbas
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Closing Ceremony

8.40 p.m. - -

Closing Remarks by Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Educationist and Urdu Language Expert Zafar Masud, President & CEO, The Bank of Punjab Closing speech by Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, Pakistan

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