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Poets asked to spread peace through poetry

KARACHI: The International Mushaira 2011 was organised by the Sakinan-e-Karachi at the Expo Center here on Tuesday night. Besides various prominent local poets, several foreign poets from Bangladesh, India, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also presented their poetry at the event.

Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui attended the poetic symposium as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he said such international Mushairas should be held regularly as the poetry and thoughts had no borders. He congratulated the organisers for assembling poets from across the globe. He was of the view that the message of peace, harmony and tolerance could be promoted very well through the poetry. He saw poetry as the best way for the expression of views. A large number of intellectuals, poetry lovers, students and men from all walks of life attended the event.

Talking to Daily Times after the symposium, Ms Partia, who arrived from India to participate in the Mushaira, said she felt as if she was in her hometown. Partia praised the friendly behavior and interest of Karachiites in the poetry. Commenting on the cold war between the two rival countries, she said bans should be imposed on the statements of politicians, but not on poetry; however, it was the duty of the poets to respect the emotions of others and to spread love and peace through their poetry instead of hatred, she added. Partia termed Mushairas as the nursery of civilisation.

Hassan Nezami, who also flew-in from India, said contrary to his hopes, he was going back home with cherishable memories. He said such events should be organised in other countries as well. Particularly in South Asia region, a lack of such programmes have been witnessed, he noted. Hassan said Urdu poetry was progressing in India day by day. Organisers of the programme, Hassan Imam Siddiqui, Azhar Abbas Hashmi, Afzal Siddiqui and others told Daily Times that they felt joy in serving Urdu poetry. They said it was the need of the hour that the government and private sectors support such types of literary activities. asad farooq
Source: Daily Times