October 29, 2021 11:42 am 29, 30 and 31 October 2021

8th Islamabad Literature Festival 2021

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About Islamabad Literature Festival

The Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) was launched in April 2013 and has been a resounding success right from the start. Inspired by the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) was launched at the end of 2011.

8th ILF Programme

  • Day 1

    Oct 29, 2021

  • Day 2

    Oct 30, 2021

  • Day 3

    Oct 31, 2021

  • Live Event
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LIVE

Inauguration Session

Throwback ILF 2020: A Documentary Welcome by Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, Pakistan; Remarks by Zafar Masud, President, Bank of Punjab; Mark Crossey, Deputy Country Director, British Council Pakistan; Keynote Speech by Maleeha Lodhi; Cultural Performance; MC: Tooba Malik
4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
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LIVE

Parvarish e Loh o Qalam: Urdu Shairi ka Maujooda Manzarnama

Iftikhar Arif, Munir Fayyaz, Muhammad Izhar ul Haq, Yasmeen Hameed
5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Moderator : Najeeba Arif
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PRE-RECORDED

Afghanistan at the Crossroads

Anatol Lieven, Zahid Hussain, Ahmed Rashid
5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Moderator : Huma Baqai
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LIVE

A Personal Chronicle of Pakistan

Ikram Sehgal and Owen Bennett-Jones
6.40 p.m. - 7.40 p.m.
Moderator : Moeed Pirzada
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PRE-RECORDED

Literature: Connecting across Frontiers

Frances Pritchett and Arfa Sayeda Zehra
7.50 p.m. - 8.50 p.m.
Moderator : Zahra Sabri
  • Live Event
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PRE-RECORDED

Reimaging Pakistan with Education Reforms

Amjad Noorani and Tooba Akhtar
10.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
Moderator : Nadeem Hussain
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PRE-RECORDED

Tahmima Anam in conversation with

Sabyn Javeri
11.10 a.m. - 12.10 p.m.
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PRE-RECORDED

Book Launch: Journeys Without a Map: A Writer's Life by Marion Molteno

Marion Molteno and Firoze Manji
11.10 a.m. - 12.10 p.m.
Moderator : Saif Mahmood
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LIVE

Book Discussion: Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Local Actions, Local Voices by Anita M. Weiss

Saba Gul Khattak, Anita Weiss, Risham Waseem, Khadim Hussain
12.20 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.
Moderator : Yaqoob Khan Bangash
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PRE-RECORDED

Book Launch: Surkh Salam (Urdu translation)

Anushay Malik and Kamran Asdar Ali
12.20 p.m. - 12.50 p.m.
Moderator : Ali Raza
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PRE-RECORDED

Book Launch: Dasht e Imkaan (Novel) by Asghar Nadeem Syed

Asghar Nadeem Syed
12.50 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.
Moderator : Nasir Abbas Nayyar
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LIVE

Kashmir: Politics and Power-Sharing

Sardar Masood Khan, Nasim Zehra, Mishaal Hussein Malik
1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Moderator : Mujahid Barelvi
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LIVE

Pakistan's Foreign Policy Crisis

Ahmed Rashid, Athar Abbas, Hina Rabbani Khar
2.40 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.
Moderator : Amber Rahim Shamsi
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PRE-RECORDED

پاکستانی زبانوں میں افسانہ نگاری کی روایت

Julien Columeau, Mudassar Bashir, Sarwat Mohiuddin, Syed Majid Shah, Abdullah Jan Abid
2.40 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.
Moderator : Sheeraz Dasti
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LIVE

Pakistan Here and Now: Insights into Society, Culture, Identity and Diaspora (Edited by Harris Khalique and Irfan Ahmed Khan)

Salman Asif and Fatimah Ihsan
3.50 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
Moderator : Khayyam Mushir
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PRE-RECORDED

Book Launch: Restless by Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein in conversation with Safinah Danish Elahi and Shahbano Alvi
3.50 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
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LIVE

Single National Curriculum

Mariam Chughtai and Shafqat Mahmood Or Arshad Saeed Husain, Farah Hamid, Faisal Mushtaq / A.H. Nayyar
4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Moderator : Naazir Mahmood
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LIVE

South Asia and the Changing Scenario

Michael Kugelman, Khalid Banuri, Salman Zaidi
5.40 p.m. - 6.40 p.m.
Moderator : Salma Malik
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PRE-RECORDED

Voices Echoing: English Language Verse

6.50 p.m. - 7.50 p.m.
Moderator : Salman Tarek Kureshi
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LIVE

Remembering I.A. Rehman: A Powerful Voice

Harris Khalique, Zohra Yusuf, Raza Rumi, Muhammad Ziauddin, Kishwar Naheed
6.50 p.m. - 7.50 p.m.
Moderator : Munizae Jahangir
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LIVE

مشاعرہ‎

Sadarat: Iftikhar Arif / Zafar Iqbal; Nizamat: Mehboob Zafar; Yasmeen Hameed, Najeeba Arif, Kishwar Naheed, Jalil Aali, Farrukh Yar, Ravish Nadeem Harris Khalique, Tauseef Tabassum, Ahsan Akbar, Parveen Tahir, Akhtar Usman, Akhtar Raza Saleemi, Shakeel Jazib
8.00 p.m. - -
  • Live Event
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PRE-RECORDED

Cartooning: No Laughing Matter

Ricardo Martinez Ortega, Shaukat Mahmood, Mahnaz Yazdani
10.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
Moderator : Nigar Nazar

Saif ul Mulook, Taimoor Shahid, Hameed Shahid

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LIVE

Yaad e Raftagaan

Chair: Fateh Muhammad Malik; Asghar Nadeem Syed, Najeeba Arif, Harris Khalique, Hameed Shahid
11.10 a.m. - 12.10 p.m.
Moderator : Humaira Ishfaq
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LIVE

Book Launch: Buri Aurat Ki Doosri Katha by Kishwar Naheed

Kishwar Naheed in conversation with Mujahid Barelvi
12.20 p.m. - 12.50 p.m.
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PRE-RECORDED

Gender, Emotions and War Book Launch: Dying to Serve, Militarism, Affect and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army by Maria Rashid

Maria Rashid in conversation with Nida Kirmani
12.20 p.m. - 12.50 p.m.
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LIVE

Book Launch: Bacha Khan: My Life and Struggle translated from the original Pukhto by Imtiaz Ahmad Sahibzada

Imtiaz Ahmad Sahibzada, Rafiullah Kakar, Xenia Rasul Khan
1.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Fasi Zaka
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PRE-RECORDED

Changing Landscapes: Climate Conversations in Literature and Society

Ahmad Rafay Alam, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Bilal Zahoor
1.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Zaighum Abbas

Sponsored by British Council

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LIVE

Constitution of Pakistan: Is it still vague?

Raza Rabbani, Wasim Sajjad, Farzana Bari
2.10 p.m. - 3.10 p.m.
Moderator : Mujahid Barelvi
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PRE-RECORDED

Transforming Pakistani Anglophone Literary Landscape

Muneeza Shamsie, Bilal Tanweer, Munazza Yaqoob
2.10 p.m. - 3.10 p.m.
Moderator : Aroosa Kanwal
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LIVE

Panama, Pandora and Pakistan

Vaqar Ahmed
3.20 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
Moderator : Rashid Masood Alam
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LIVE

Book Launch: Womansplaining: Navigating Activism, Politics and Modernity in Pakistan Edited by Sherry Rahman

Sherry Rahman in conversation with Nayab Jan
3.20 p.m. - 3.50 p.m.
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PRE-RECORDED

Book Launch: Marginalisation, Contestation, and Change in South Asian Cities Edited by Nida Kirmani

Rohit Negi and Kabeer Dawani
3.20 p.m. - 4.20 p.m.
Moderator : Nida Kirmani
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LIVE

Pakistan: Current Challenges and Priorities

Owen Bennett-Jones and Maleeha Lodhi
4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Moderator : Arifa Noor
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PRE-RECORDED

Digital Education: A New Normal

Oxford UK/China, Mahboob Mahmood / Talhah Munir Khan, Kasim Kasuri / Nassir Kasuri, National Incubation Center
4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Moderator : Sarah Farooq
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LIVE

Web Series: Future of Digital Entertainment

Beo Zafar, Mehreen Jabbar, Sania Saeed
5.40 p.m. - 6.40 p.m.
Moderator : Khaled Anam
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Closing

Speech by Frances Pritchett
6.50 p.m. - 7.50 p.m.

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