LAHORE, (APP): Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Friday stressed the need for promoting the book reading culture so that the youth could better explore their talent and skills by getting first-hand knowledge.
The people in foreign countries paid special attention to book reading as they carry books even while traveling which showed their bonding with the books, he added.
He expressed these views while addressing a launching ceremony of Mah-e-Nau Ashfaq Ahmad special edition and Banu Qudsia number, organized by the Directorate of Electronic Media and Publications (DEMP) at Governor House here.
The Governor said that Ashfaq Ahmad and Banu Qudsia had contributed significantly to Urdu literature as they had written so many articles for the promotion of Urdu literature, adding that the purpose of the launching ceremony of Mah-e-Nau Ashfaq Ahmad special edition and Banu Qudsia number was to pay tribute to the efforts of both literary personalities.
Chaudhry Sarwar said appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MOI&B) and its Secretary Shahera Shahid for publishing such editions to recognize the literary work of Urdu writers and said that both Ashfaq Ahmad and Bano Qudsia had highlighted various social and cultural aspects in their writings.
Addressing the ceremony, Federal Secretary Shahera Shahid said that significant efforts were being made to promote Urdu literature and for the welfare of Urdu writers and poets as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would soon be signed with the University of Lahore (UOL) after which the students could also write their articles in Mah-e-Nau besides analyzing the descriptions of other writers.
She said that the national center would also be revived as Press Information Department (PID) had been assigned the task for rehabilitation of the national center for the welfare of the writers and poets, adding that launching ceremony of Mah-e-Nau Ashfaq Ahmad special edition and Banu Qudsia number was commendable.
The Federal Secretary said that a board would be formed in which poets, writers, and other linguistic people would be included for giving their suggestions in the promotion of Urdu literature.
During the concluding session of the ceremony, Directorate of Electronic Media and Publications Director-General Imrana Wazir signed MoUs with the vice-chancellor and representatives of other universities including Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Punjab University, Bahauddin Zakaria University, and others for promoting new talent in Urdu language and literature.
Later, Federal Secretary Shahera Shahid presented Mah-e-Nau Ashfaq Ahmad special edition and Banu Qudsia number to Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and other personalities including poets, writers, scholars, and media men.
GCU Vice Chancellor Asghar Zaidi, famous drama writer Asghar Nadeem Shah, writer Shahida Dilawar, and others literary and social personalities also attended the book launching ceremony.
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