September 27, 2019 5:00 pm 27, 28, and 29 September 2019
Hotel Margala, Islamabad.

6th Islamabad Literature Festival 2019

#IsbLF

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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.

Speakers

6th ILF Programme

  • Day 1

    Sep 27, 2019

  • Day 2

    Sep 28, 2019

  • Day 3

    Sep 29, 2019

  • Margala Hall
  • Sangam Hall
  • Board Room
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Margala Hall

Arrival of Guests

4.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
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Margala Hall

Welcome Speeches by Festival Organizer / Sponsors

5.00 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.
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Margala Hall

Keynote Speeches by Navid Shahzad and Haseena Moin

5:30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
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Margala Hall

Performances: Dance of Peace and Understanding (Anand Taandav) by Iftikhar Masih 22 Crore by Laal Hartal: A Tribute to the Revolutionary Poet Habib Jalib
6.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
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Margala Hall

Kashmir: The Valley Seized

Hina Rabbani Khar, Athar Abbas and Arif Kamal
6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Moderator : Ikram Sehgal
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Sangam Hall

Documentary Screening: Indus Blues

Pakistani folk artists and their struggle to keep their art form alive
6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Director and Producer: Jawad Sharif
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Board Room

Book Launch: The Begum: A Portrait of Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan by Deepa Agarwal and Tahmina Aziz

Tahmina Aziz, Samia Liaquat Ali Khan and Amir Rana
6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Moderator : Muneeza Shamsie
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Margala Hall

Jahan-e-Sufi (A Fusion of Folk and Qawwali) by Bakhshi Brothers

7.45 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.
  • Margala Hall
  • Sangam Hall
  • Central Lawn
  • Board Room
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Margala Hall

Iftikhar Arif: His Life and Work

Anna Suvorova, Harris Khalique, Vafa Yazdan Manesh
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Presided by: Iftikhar Arif
Moderator : Hameed Shahid
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Sangam Hall

Adding up the Energy Equation

Kamran Kamal, Shaharyar Nashat, Saadia Qayyum
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Asad Ali Shah
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Central Lawn

Naya Asloob, Nayee Aurat

Muafiya Sheikh, Safia Shahid, Absar Fatima Jafri, Munazza Gillani, Humaira Ishfaq
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Presented by Young Women Writers Forum
Moderator : Farheen Khalid
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Margala Hall

In conversation with Soniah Kamal author of Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan

12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Aliya Iqbal Naqvi
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Sangam Hall

Taraqqi Pasand Tehrik: Naye Tanazarat Aur Naye Sawalaat

Noorul Huda Shah, Iftikhar Arif, Ravish Nadeem, Imdad Aakash
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Salahuddin Derwesh
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Central Lawn

Bayad-e-Dr Enver Sajjad

Haseena Moin, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Kishwar Naheed, Ghazanfar Hashmi
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Irfan Ahmed Urfi
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Board Room

Challenging the Colonial Narrative in South Asian Historical Fiction

Nukhbah Langah, Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti, Safeer Awan
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Asma Mansoor
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Margala Hall

Book Discussion: Teen Saltanaton ki Daastan translated by Zahoor Ahmed - An Historical Chinese Novel

Zahoor Ahmed and Zhang Heqing
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Sharif Awan
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Sangam Hall

Book Discussion: The Mercurial Mr Bhutto and Other Stories by Maheen Usmani

Maheen Usmani
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : George Fulton
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Central Lawn

Book Discussion: The Melody of a Tear by Haroon Khalid Akhtar

Haroon Khalid Akhtar
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Rashid Masood Alam
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Board Room

Book launch : Kaun- (‘Who’), a Novelette by Mudassar Bashir

Mudassar Bashir
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ahmad Atta
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Margala Hall

Book Launch: Phat’tay Aamon ka Case (Translation of A Case of Exploding Mangoes) by Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif, Syed Kashif Raza, Hoori Noorani
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Nazish Brohi
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Sangam Hall

Striking Peace in a Nuclear Charged Environment

Khalid Banuri, Naeem Salik, Pervez Hoodbhoy
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Ejaz Haider
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Central Lawn

Adab Kar Is Kharabati Ka Jis Ko Josh Kehtay Hain: Josh Malihabadi

Fateh Muhammad Malik, Saima Jaffery, Yasmeen Hameed
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Mujahid Barelvi
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Board Room

Politics and the Pakistani English Language Poet

Harris Khalique and Salman Tarek Kureshi
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Moderator : Khayyam Mushir
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Margala Hall

Reversing the Great Game: Pakistan's Pivot

Ikram Sehgal, Huma Baqai, Asif Yasin Malik
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Moeed Pirzada
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Sangam Hall

In conversation with H.M. Naqvi author of Abdullah the Cossack

3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : George Fulton
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Central Lawn

Education in the New Millennium: Promises and Perils

Arshad Saeed Husain, Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Faisal Mushtaq
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Shahid Siddiqui
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Board Room

Potohar Ka Adabi Manzarnama: Maazi aur Haal

Akhtar Usman, Envar Fitrat, Shoaib Khaliq, Nilofar Iqbal
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Ravish Nadeem
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Margala Hall

Book Launch: Prison Interlude: The Last Eyewitness Account of the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case by Zafar Ullah Poshni

Nafisa Shah, Zahid Hussain, Raza Rabbani, Moneeza Hashmi, Zafar Ullah Poshni
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Owais Tohid
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Sangam Hall

Book Discussion: Rethinking Pakistan: A 21st Century Perspective Edited by Bilal Zahoor and Raza Rumi

Fasi Zaka, Bilal Zahoor, Pervez Hoodbhoy
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Nida Kirmani
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Central Lawn

Digital Transformation in Education

Umar Saif, Kasim Kasuri, Syed Ali Naseer
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Rashid Masood Alam
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Board Room

Chiragh Bujhtay Chalay Ja Rahay Hain: Khalida Hussain aur Altaf Fatima ki Yaad Mein

Kishwar Naheed, Yasmeen Hameed, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Hameed Shahid
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Nasir Abbas Nayyar
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Margala Hall

Sneak Preview: Blood on Two Shades of Green: East Pakistan 1971: History Revisited by Ikram Sehgal and Bettina Robotka

Ikram Sehgal and Bettina Robotka
6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : Huma Baqai
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Sangam Hall

Mushaira

Nizamat: Najeeba Arif Ahmad Atta, Akhtar Usman, Ali Zaryoun, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Ayub Khawar, Farrukh Yar, Ghazanfar Hashmi, Hamid Ateeq Sarwar, Harris Khalique, Hasan Abbas Raza, Kishwar Naheed, Mehboob Zafar, Ravish Nadeem, Syed Kashif Raza, Yasmeen Hameed
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Moderator : Sadarat: Iftikhar Arif
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Central Lawn

Let’s Laugh with Shafaat Ali

6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
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Board Room

Book Discussion: Rudad-e- Chaman Compiled by Rumana Qadri

Aamer Hussein, Farrukh Nadeem, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Shahbano Alvi
6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : Munazza Yaqoob
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Margala Hall

Documentary Screening: The Qalandar Code

Atiya Khan, Syed Mehdi Raza Shah Subzwari, Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro
7.15 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.
Moderator : Ali Abbas Zaidi
  • Margala Hall
  • Sangam Hall
  • Central Lawn
  • Board Room
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Margala Hall

Pakistan's Foreign Policy Challenges

Talat Masood, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Abdul Basit
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Salma Malik
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Sangam Hall

Urdu Main Tareekhi Fiction Nigari: Quratulain Hyder, Abdullah Hussein, Intizar Husain

Hameed Shahid, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Irfan Ahmed Urfi, Nasir Abbas Nayyar
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Najeeba Arif
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Board Room

Contemporary Pakistani English Fiction

Soniah Kamal, Haroon Khalid AKhtar, Taha Kehar, Sana Munir
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m.
Moderator : Ilona Yusuf
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Central Lawn

Contemporary Pakistani English Fiction

Soniah Kamal, Haroon Khalid Akhtar, Taha Kehar, Sana Munir
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Moderator : Ilona Yusuf
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Margala Hall

Depicting Women in Literature and Drama

Haseena Moin, Noorul Huda Shah, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Shahnaz Sheikh
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Maheen Usmani
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Sangam Hall

Perspectives on Economic Reform Agenda for Pakistan

Sania Nishtar, Hafiz A. Pasha, Jochen Hippler, Muhammad Ziauddin
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Vaqar Ahmed
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Central Lawn

Publishing in Pakistan: Changing Trends

Shahbano Alvi, Arshad Saeed Husain, Hoori Noorani
12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Bilal Zahoor
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Board Room

In conversation with Aamer Hussein author of Hermitage

12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Moderator : Muneeza Shamsie
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Margala Hall

Feminist Dimensions of the novels Unfettered Wings and Typically Tanya

Taha Kehar and Sana Munir
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
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Sangam Hall

Pakistani Adab aur Taneesiat (Feminism)

In conversation with Kishwar Naheed
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Hameed Shahid
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Central Lawn

Book Launch: Love in the Fist of Terrorism: Tale of Two Loving Souls Parted in the Name of Violence by Ayub Khawar

Ayub Khawar
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ghazanfar Hashmi
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Board Room

Book Launch : Karaiz- Taveel Nazm by Farrukh Yar’

1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Moderator : Harris Khalique
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Margala Hall

Shanul Haq Haqqee Ki Yaad Mein

Anwar Maqsood, Fateh Muhammad Malik, Haseena Moin
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Moderator : Najeeba Arif
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Sangam Hall

Book Launch: Radioactive Decade: An Informal Cultural History of the 1970s Edited by Amin Gulgee, Niilofur Farrukh and John McCarry

Amin Gulgee, Aasim Akhtar, Nadia Batool, Salman Asif
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Niilofur Farrukh
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Central Lawn

Book Launch: Widows and Daughters: Gender, Kinship, and Power in South Asia by Anna Suvorova

Anna Suvorova, Tahmina Aziz, Khishwar Naheed, Nida Kirmani
2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Ilhan Niaz
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Board Room

The Traveller's Tales: Salman Rashid

2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Moderator : Shaista Sirajuddin
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Margala Hall

Pakistan: The Economy of an Elitist State

Ishrat Husain, Asad Umar, Waqar Masood Khan, Melinda Good
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Sakib Sherani
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Sangam Hall

Book Launch: The Fix by Omar Shahid Hamid

Omar Shahid Hamid
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Nadeem Farooq Paracha
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Central Lawn

Documenting Traditional Music in Pakistan

Fouzia Saeed, Sharif Awan, Muhammad Athar Masood
3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Tauseeq Haider
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Board Room

In conversation with Julien Columeau

3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Moderator : Nasir Abbas Nayyar
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Margala Hall

Pakistani Cinema: The Rise, The Fall…and the Rise again?

Usman Mukhtar, Khalid Saeed Butt, Areeba Alvi, Nadeem Baig, Humayun Saeed, Naghma Begum
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Moderator : Raju Jamil
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Sangam Hall

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Kia Dehshat Gardi Kay Asraat Say Nikal Aya Hai?

Afrasiab Khattak, Hanif Khalil, Noreen Naseer
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Mujahid Barelvi
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Central Lawn

Negotiating Different Worlds: Multilingualism in Creative Expression

Muneeza Shamsie, Noorul Huda Shah, Nukhbah Langah, Julien Columeau
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti
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Board Room

1919: Jallianwala Bagh and the Century that Followed

Ali Usman Qasmi, Harris Khalique, Ali Raza
4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Moderator : Aliya Iqbal Naqvi
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Margala Hall

Satire in the Time of Tabdeeli

Fasi Zaka, Ali Aftab Saeed, George Fulton
6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : Nadeem Farooq Paracha
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Sangam Hall

Tax, Budget, and the Common Man

Shabbar Zaidi
6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ikram Sehgal
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Central Lawn

English Mushaira

Athar Tahir, Aurangzaib Khan, Harris Khalique, Eissa Saeed, Mehvash Amin, Orooj-e- Zafar, Salman Tarek Kureshi
6:00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Moderator : Ilona Yusuf
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Margala Hall

Closing Ceremony: Speech by the Festival Organizer

7.15 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
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Margala Hall

Keynote Speeches by Ishrat Husain and Anwar Maqsood

7.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
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Margala Hall

Ghazal Night by Ustad Hamid Ali Khan

8.05 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fringe events: Book Fair, Food Court, Art Exhibition
Art Exhibition: Preserving the Paradigm by Satrang Art Gallery
Exhibition Director: Asma Rashid Khan; Curators: Mahnoor Asad and Noor Fatima

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