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11th Karachi Literature Festival 2020

#KhiLF

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.

11th KLF Speakers

11th KLF Programme

  • Day 1

    Feb 28, 2020

  • Day 2

    Feb 29, 2020

  • Day 3

    Mar 1, 2020

  • Main Garden
  • Jasmine
  • Aquarius
  • Room 007
  • Tulip
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Main Garden

Arrival of Guests

4.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
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Main Garden

Welcome Speech by the Festival Organizer: Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan

5.00 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.
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Main Garden

Speech by the Chief Guest: Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training

5.15 p.m. - 5.25 p.m.
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Main Garden

Speeches by the Guests of Honour: Christian Turner, British High Commissioner; Anna Ruffino, Italian Consul General

5.25 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
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Main Garden

Book Awards: KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction Prize, KLF-HabibMetro Non-Fiction Prize, KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature Prize

5.45 p.m. - 6.05 p.m.
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Main Garden

Keynote Speeches by William Dalrymple and Zaheda Hina

6.05 p.m. - 6.40 p.m.
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Main Garden

A Tribute to Perveen Shakir: Kathak performance by Zahshanné Malik

6.40 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
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Main Garden

The Story of Qawwali

A Talk by Ally Adnan Performance by Ghayoor-Moiz-Mustafa Qawwal, Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad
7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
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Jasmine

Education in Pakistan: A Roller coaster Ride

Shafqat Mahmood, Asad Ali Shah, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Amjad Waheed, and Shahid Siddiqui
7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Moderator : Baela Raza Jamil
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Aquarius

Challenges to International Diplomacy Today

Christian Turner, Shahid Amin, and Tariq Waseem Ghazi
7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Moderator : Shaheen Salahuddin
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Room 007

Women of Substance: Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, and Asma Jahangir

Victoria Schofield, Sheema Kermani, and Karamat Ali
7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Moderator : Fouzia Saeed
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Tulip

The Atlantic Muse by the Arabian Sea: Poetry in English

Adrian Husain, Arfa Ezazi, Farida Faizullah, Fatima Ijaz, Harris Khalique, Ilona Yusuf, Maya Nadeem, Peerzada Salman, Sadaf Halai, and Tehmina Ahmed
7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Moderator : Salman Tarek Kureshi
  • Main Garden
  • Jasmine
  • Aquarius
  • Room 007
  • Tulip
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Room 007

Workshop: Media Literacy and Misinformation Conducted by Sabrina Toppa

Pre-registration is required
10.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
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Room 007

Book Discussion: Karaiz by Farrukh Yar

11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Moderator : Waheed Noor
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Main Garden

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company edited by William Dalrymple

A Presentation by William Dalrymple. Introduction: George Fulton
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
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Jasmine

Love, Relationships and Muslim Women’s Writing

Claire Chambers, Muneeza Shamsie, David Waterman, and Sabyn Javeri
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Ilona Yusuf
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Aquarius

Aanay Walay Dinon kay Safeer: Taaza Tehreerain

Hani Baloch, Inshal Jawed, Usman Abdul Qayyum, and Ammar Abbasi
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Ghazal Ansari
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Room 007

Book Launch: Zair e Aasman by Shahid Siddiqui

11.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Anwer Sen Roy
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Tulip

Indus Flows: Poetry, Mysticism, and Romance

Khaled Anam, Sarwat Mohiuddin, and Harris Khalique
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Arfana Mallah
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Main Garden

Aurton kay Takhleeqi Shaoor say Inkaar Kyun?

Zehra Nigah and Arfa Sayeda Zehra in conversation
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
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Jasmine

Dastangoi by NAPA

The performance will feature pieces from: Marhoom ki Yaad Mein by Patras Bukhari, Zikr e Khooban al Maroof Aurat ki Takhleeq by Mir Baqir Ali, Fasana e Azaad by Pandit Ratan Nath Sarshar
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
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Aquarius

Book Launch: Soul Rivals: State, Militant and Pop Sufism in Pakistan by Nadeem Farooq Paracha

Nadeem Farooq Paracha
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Arieb Azhar
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Room 007

Traditional Music on Modern Media: Is there a Symphony in this Noise?

Sharif Awan and Athar Masood. Presented by Tehzeeb
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Fouzia Saeed
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Tulip

The Political Character of Pakistani Middle Class

Asad Sayeed, Ghazi Salahuddin, and Huma Baqai
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Yasir Qazi
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Main Garden

Love to Hear Sanam Saeed reads Hijabistan

Sabyn Javeri, Sanam Saeed, and Saima Saleem
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
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Jasmine

Peace through Performance

Introduction: Sheema Kermani Tehrik-e-Niswan presents an enactment of Ismat Chugtai's short story 'Kaafir' promoting interfaith harmony
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
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Aquarius

Khawateen ka Mazahimati Adab

Kishwar Naheed and Noorul Huda Shah in conversation
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
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Tulip

Book Launch: Tooti hui Tanab Udhar by Asghar Nadeem Syed

1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Nasir Abbas Nayyar
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Room 007

Book Launch: Aasaan Khanay Imrana Maqsood kay Saath

Imrana Maqsood
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Asma Tirmizi and Nezihe Hussain
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Main Garden

The Deepening Crisis of the Middle East

Ahdaf Soueif, Massimo Ramaioli, Shahid Amin, and Zafar Hilaly
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Khalid Banuri
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Jasmine

Getz Pharma presents The EACPE Film Awards 2019: 'Is Pakistan a Brave Nation?'

Framji Minwalla, and Sabiha Sumar
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Pervez Hoodbhoy
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Tulip

The Spoken Word (Performance Poetry)

Annum Salman, Vaneeza Sohail, Shehrbano Naqvi, Shameneh Majid, Zoha Jabbar, Hamza Iftikar, Zain Baweja, and Batool Hasan. Presented by Spoken Stage
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Mariam Paracha
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Aquarius

Drop by Drop: Karachi's Water Crisis

Farrukh Rasheed, Babar Siddiqui, Wusatullah Khan, and Khalid Shaikh. Presented by Hubco
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Simi Kamal
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Room 007

Shumali aur Lateeni Amreeki Adab Pakistan Mein

Nasim Syed, Nasir Abbas Nayyar, Syed Kashif Raza
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Nasira Zuberi
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Main Garden

Book Launch: The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple

A Presentation by William Dalrymple. Introduction: George Fulton. Sponsored by HBL
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
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Jasmine

Book Discussion: Prison Interlude: The Last Eyewitness Account of the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case by Zafarullah Poshni

Zafar Ullah Poshni, Mazhar Abbas, Kamal Azfar, and Wusatullah Khan
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Owais Tohid
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Room 007

Book Launch: On Their Own Terms: Early Twenty First Century Women’s Movements in Pakistan by Fouzia Saeed

Atiqa Odho and Fouzia Saeed
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Mahtab Akbar Rashdi
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Aquarius

Noon Meem Rashid: Nazm e Azad, Shayar e Azad

Asghar Nadeem Syed, Nasim Syed, and Khalid Ahmad. Sponsored by ATCO Laboratories Ltd
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Mujahid Barelvi
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Tulip

Book Launch: Subjective Atlas of Pakistan by Taqi Shaheen and Annelys de Vet

Taqi Shaheen, Muhammad Hassan Miraj, Mahim Maher, and Sara Khan Pathan
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Arieb Azhar
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Main Garden

Blood over Different Shades of Green: East Pakistan 1971: History Revisited

Chair: Imran Ismail, Ikram Sehgal, Huma Baqai, and Bettina Robotka
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Owais Tohid
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Aquarius

Stage and Teleplay Shaping Society

Kaif Ghaznavi, Khaled Anam, Bee Gul, Haseena Moin, and Sanam Saeed
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Ahmed Shah
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Tulip

Book Launch: Interpretations of Jihad: An Intellectual History by Tariq Rahman

Tariq Rahman and Pervez Hoodbhoy
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Syed Jaffar Ahmed
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Room 007

Sindh's Economy: The Untapped Potential

Aijaz Ahmed Qureshi, Ishrat Husain, Tahira Raza, and Shamsuddin Shaikh
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Nadeem Hussain
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Jasmine

Book Launch: Beydari by Beo Zafar, translated by Asma Nabeel

Beo Zafar, Asma Nabeel, and Javed Jabbar Readings by Yasra Rizvi, Arieb Azhar, Raju Jamil, Talat Hashmi, Paro Raza, Ayesha Usmani, Ruby Haider, Irshad Abdulkadir, Khurshid Hadi, Shabnam Jabbar, Shamira Mapara, and Zaheer Hussain
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
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Aquarius

Why Write Fiction?

Sadia Abbas, Omar Shahid Hamid, Claire Chambers, and Taha Kehar
6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : David Waterman
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Jasmine

Urdu Mushaira. Sadarat: Iftikhar Arif. Nizamat: Faisal Subzwari

Ahmad Atta, Anwar Shaoor, Fazil Jamili, Harris Khalique, Jawaid Saba, Kishwar Naheed, Najma Usman, Nasim Syed, Nasira Zuberi, Neelum Ahmad Basheer, Rukhsana Saba, Sarwat Mohiuddin, Seema Ghazal, Tasneem Hassan, and Waheed Noor
6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
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Room 007

Sindh mein Nisai Adab

Noorul Huda Shah, Attiya Dawood, Amar Sindhu, and Fahmida Hussain
6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : Arfana Mallah
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Tulip

The New Global Geopolitics of Museums

6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Sheherbano Husain, and Taimur Suri
Moderator : Niilofur Farrukh
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Room 007

Book Launch: Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

by Anjum Altaf
7.15 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.
Moderator : Aquila Ismail
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Main Garden

Feature Film Screening: Baaji

Discussion with the film director Saqib Malik
6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ally Adnan
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Main Garden

Musical Performace by ACMA Band

Presented by Arts Council of Pakistan
9.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.
  • Main Garden
  • Jasmine
  • Aquarius
  • Room 007
  • Tulip
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Main Garden

Urdu Adab ki Rang-a-rang Jehtain

Azra Abbas, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Attiya Dawood, Masud Mufti, and Asghar Nadeem Syed
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Tauseeq Haider
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Jasmine

Karachi's Literary Heritage: A Celebration

Ghazi Salahuddin, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Peerzada Salman, Rumana Husain, and Maniza Naqvi
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Maheen Usmani
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Aquarius

Baluchistan: Engaging the Twain

Kaiser Bengali, Khawar Mehdi, Rafiullah Kakar, and Yasmeen Lehri
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Hafeez Jamali
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Tulip

Book Launch: P.S. Pestonjee by Arif Mahmood

Arif Mahmood and Framji Minwalla
11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Moderator : Hasan Zaidi
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Tulip

Book Launch: Dabi Sanson ka Shor by Zubair Murshed

11.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Huma Mir
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Main Garden

Student Politics in Pakistan: Back to the Future

Arooj Aurangzeb, Faisal Subzwari, Azhar Abbas, Khalid Amin, and Naghma Iqtidar
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Nadeem Farooq Paracha
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Aquarius

B. M. Kutty: Life and Struggle

Karamat Ali, Abdul Malik Baloch, Yousuf Musti Khan, and Syed Jaffar Ahmed
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Mujahid Barelvi
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Room 007

Writing Cricket

Omar Shahid Hamid, author of The Fix and Qamar Ahmed, author of Far More than a Game
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Moderator : Saad Shafqat
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Tulip

Khalid Akhtar kay Sau Saal

Rafaqat Hayat, Haroon Khalid Akhtar and Syed Kashif Raza
12.15 p.m. - 12.45 p.m.
Moderator : Nasira Zuberi
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Tulip

Afro-Aishiai aur Pakistani Adab

Zaheda Hina and Hoori Noorani
12.45 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Waheed Noor
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Jasmine

Maps of Belonging

Muneeza Shamsie in conversation with Ahdaf Soueif
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
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Room 007

Book Launch: Beyond that Last Blue Mountain: My Silk Road Journey by Harriet Sandys

Harriet Sandys and Victoria Schofield
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Shaheen Salahuddin
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Aquarius

Book Launch: Rang e Purshor by Ahmad Atta

Ahmad Atta
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Nasir Abbas Nayyar
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Main Garden

Readings by Khalid Ahmad from Mazeed Himaqatain by Shafiq ur Rahman

Introduction: Huma Mir
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
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Tulip

Book Discussion: Chikkar Cholay by Iftikhar Iffi

1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ghazal Ansari
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Jasmine

Book Launch: Saans Lenay mein Dard Hota hai by Hameed Shahid

1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Syed Kashif Raza
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Room 007

Book Launch: Prodigal by Irshad Abdulkadir

1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Nadya AR
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Main Garden

Maa Jai: Song of Love and Peace

Neelam Ahmad Basheer, Asma Abbas, and Bushra Ansari
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Faseeh Bari Khan
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Jasmine

Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment

Reza Baqir, Asad Umar, Ayesha Aziz, Ishrat Husain, and Muhammad Aurangzeb
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Rashid Masood Alam
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Aquarius

Aik Sadi ka Qissa: Qateel Shifai, Zaheer Kashmiri, and Hasan Askari

Kishwar Naheed, Syed Jaffar Ahmed, and Hameed Shahid
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Nasir Abbas Nayyar
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Tulip

Urdu Shairi: Aaj ka Manzarnama

Iftikhar Arif
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Hoori Noorani
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Room 007

Book Launch: Siren Song: Understanding Pakistan through Its Women Singers by Fawzia Afzal-Khan

Screening of Short Film Fouzia Saeed, Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Maniza Naqvi, Framji Minwalla
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Shazia Hasan
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Main Garden

Pakistani Cinema in the Twenty-First Century

Faseeh Bari Khan, Saqib Malik, Faysal Qureshi, Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui, Bee Gul, Adnan Siddiqui, and Sangeeta Rizvi
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Ally Adnan
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Jasmine

Kashmir: The Paradise Lost

Victoria Schofield, Athar Abbas, Mushaal Hussein Mullick, and Sardar Masood Khan
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Khalid Banuri
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Aquarius

Aali Ji aur Urdu

Pirzada Qasim, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, and Syed Kashif Raza
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Ambareen Hasib Amber
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Room 007

Where the Oxus Flows: A Story of Central Asia

A Presentation by Iftikhar Salahuddin. Introduction: Zehra Nigah
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
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Tulip

Book Launch: Khutoot-e-Ghalib by Tanzimul Firdous

Tanzim ul Firdous
3.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ahmad Atta
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Tulip

Book Launch: Do Meenar: Reportage by Masud Mufti

4.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Yasir Qazi
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Main Garden

Punching Up: Young Comedians Redefining Satire

Shehzad Ghias Shaikh, Ali Gul Pir, Natalia Gul, and Gul Zaib Shakeel
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Hamna Zubair
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Jasmine

Asad Mohammad Khan: The Living Legend Readings by Zia Mohyeddin

Asad Mohammad Khan
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Harris Khalique
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Aquarius

Media Crisis: Who is Responsible?

Azhar Abbas, Mubashir Zaidi, Owais Tohid, and Sabrina Toppa
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Ayesha Tammy Haq
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Room 007

A Room of One's Own:

Nusrat Khawaja in Conversation with Sadia Abbas
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
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Tulip

Art in Your Mohalla: A Dialogue for a Megapolis of Harmony for the Future

Aquila Ismail, Tariq Alexander Qaiser, Sohail Zuberi, and Romila Kareem
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Niilofur Farrukh
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Main Garden

Mapping Pakistan's Cultural Evolution over the Past 72 Years by Javed Jabbar

6.00 p.m. - 6.15 p.m.
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Main Garden

Closing Ceremony:

Speech by the Festival Organizer: Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan Chief Guest: Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Guests of Honour: Asad Umar, and Mike Nithavrianakis Keynote Speeches by Ahdaf Soueif and Harris Khalique
6.20 p.m. - 7.20 p.m.
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Main Garden

Performance by Raga Boyz

7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Delegates Registration

The DELEGATE REGISTRATION fee is Rs 5,000 per day per person. If you register for all three days (28, 29 February and 1 March 2020), you can avail of a special rate of Rs 10,000 per person





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