ISLAMABAD: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, courage and resistance for the people of Pakistan by the scholarly figures of Islamabad who gathered here at a seminar to pay tribute to Faiz.
Iftikhar Arif, a poet and Chairman of National Language Authority presided over the seminar while renowned literary figures including Agha Nasir, Ishfaq Saleem Mirza, Yousaf Hassan, Sarwat Mohyuddin, Ishfaq Hussain and Dr. Col. Abdaal Bela, Acting Director General of PAL explored the various aspects of the life and work of Faiz Ahmad Faiz in their speech.
Yousaf Hassan said that in the discipline of knowledge Faiz prefers class struggle over enlightenment. “In the area of art he gave preference to artistic and aesthetic characteristics which added beauty and energy in his poetry.”
On this special event under the publication series which was initiated in the light of President of Pakistan instructions, a book titled “Faiz Ahmad Faiz in Beirut” was also launched which covers life routine and other activities of Faiz Ahmad Faiz during his stay in Beirut as expatriate.
Ishfaq Hussain said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz personality has become a symbol of Pakistani literature and culture as “all the aspects of his personality are remarkable as a journalist, poet and intellectual.”