Shah jo Risalo in French
HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palejo has said that complete translation of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s Shah jo Risalo into French will be launched on the eve of the 266th Urs celebrations of the great Sufi poet.
Addressing a press conference at Sindh Museum on Thursday, the minister said that the Urs would be held on Jan 30-Feb 1, corresponding to Safar 14- 16.
She said that only selected parts of the Risalo were translated into Arabic last year. The Risalo had already been translated into Urdu, Punjabi and English languages, she said.
She said that writers and poets from all provinces would read papers during the Urs. “Three guest writers from India have assured of their participation as well for which her ministry is in touch with Foreign Office and Interior Ministry,” she said.
She said that she did not believe in a hard line approach towards India but deplored Pakistani cricketers’ mistreatment by franchises in India. “Writers always carry a message of peace and when they can visit Punjab why not Sindh which is relatively peaceful,” she said.
She said that Bhittai’s was the only Urs which was directly organised by the culture department. The scourge of terrorism and extremism could be defeated by disseminating message of Bhittai, Qalandar Lal Shahbaz and Sachal Sarmast, she said.
She said that foolproof security arrangements would be made for the Urs and provincial police officer (PPO) Sindh and DIG Hyderabad would look after security measures. Scanners and walk-through gates would be installed as well, she said.
Sassui said that a pictorial exhibition, raag rang mehfil would feature in the Urs and award distribution ceremonies would also be held afterwards. Sindh governor would open the Urs celebrations and Sindh chief minister would perform the closing ceremony.
She disclosed that a much improved Sindhi cultural village would be set up this time. Karar Lake had been rehabilitated at a cost of Rs12.7 million under Bhitshah beautification programme it would hopefully inaugurated during Urs, she said.