Ashfaq Hussain In Dubai

Urdu writer attends PAD literary session

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 20, 2014

DUBAI: The literary committee of the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has organised a literary session and invited renowned Urdu comic writer Colonel (retd) Ashfaq Hussain to its premises on Friday evening.
The session was one-of-a-kind, as the committee in the past had organised many sessions inviting poets to visit from Pakistan as well as many that are based in the UAE.
Ashfaq Hussain, who also served in the Pakistani Army, has written a number of humorous books, short stories, travelogues and translations of popular English novels. He also written a number of books recording some historical events of the Pakistan Army in his humorous style. Even serious accounts like ‘Fatih Saboona’ on the martyrdom of Major Sabbir Sharif Shaheed received huge applause among literary circles within the country as well as abroad from ardent Urdu book lovers. Image
During his career as a diplomat and other senior positions in different parts of the country as well as abroad, Hussain found every situation worth sharing with his readers and compiled a number of books. Readers got to witness the harsh realities of different segments of life.
A number of people from different segments of the society were present at the literary session at the PAD to hear the writer speak among other guests.
Ashfaq Hussain read out excerpts from his books and also answered questions asked by the audience on his career in the army as well as in the literary world. The audience became emotional while listening to excerpts from his book ‘Fatih Saboona.’
Malik Arshad, secretary of the Literary Committee of PAD, pointed that they had started the literary session for poets and this was the first time they were honoured host the country’s most prominent Urdu writer.
“We are planning to increase the number of such sessions on a monthly basis, as the community in the UAE is keen to welcome the country’s literary personalities,” he added.
Zenat Lakhani, another member to welcome the guest writer, said that his (Hussain’s) books are like the narration of literary exercises by an armyman.
“He is very much popular among the Urdu book lovers as all his books have been receiving great admiration from every segment of the society,” she said.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Hidayatullah, Kabeer Khan, Sharafat Shah, Dr Sabahat Wasti and Zahoorul Islam Jawed.
Syed Tahir Zaidi, joint secretary of the PAD, thanked the audience and the guests who made the evening a successful literary session and vowed to organise such events and invite more Urdu writers in the future.
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~ by jamilkhan on April 20, 2014.

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