University Campus termed a barren land sans literary activities

Campus Reporter

PESHAWAR: A university based literary organization, Pohantoon Adabi Stori (PAS) has restarted its weekly literary activities at Khyber Union Hall, Islamia College University Peshawar here on Tuesday after break of six months where the participants termed the University Campus without literary activities.

Noted folk singer and poet, Karan Khan chaired the event while Prof Dr Abaseen Yousafzai supervised the literary session. Around 50 young poets, writers, and research scholars hailing from different departments participated in the event.

Opening the session, Prof Abaseen Yousafzai said that the main objective of the weekly event was to warm up the young literati, critics and research fellows and redirect their attention towards them away from such fruitful gathering was one big reason behind being lethargic to read books.

“Pohantoon Adabi Stori will continue holding its weekly sessions where young poets and writers will present their literary pieces for critical evaluation and discussions which obviously help them improve their talent and will also aid in rejuvenating their spirit for art and literature, Prof Abaseen, patron–in-chief of PAS said.

It was pertinent to mention that the long break did not cause decrease in the number of their participants rather, new entrants showed up at the first session after long summer vacation, Yousafzai added.

Popular singer and poet, Karan Khan while speaking on the occasion said that University Campus without literary activities remains like a barren land covered with snow, adding that quite true to his poetic title, Prof Abaseen really served a roaring river to irrigate the barren minds of the young literati and enable them to grow crops of leave, peace and humanism towards building a pluralistic society.

A heated debate was followed in which the participants brought under discussion the literary piece of Usman Shakoor which was billed as an excellent attempt. They said that Mr Shakoor was a young bard but had crafted beautiful images and might niche a distinct place for himself in the literary circles in future.

Towards the end of the session, a mushaira was also conducted in which the participant-poets read out their poetic pieces. Tariq Pakhtunyar, Humayun Ghazal and Janoon Shinwari were among the noted bards who received great applause for their well-crafted couplets.

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