KARACHI: The 10th International Urdu Conference kicked off on Thursday and is being held at the Arts Council of Pakistan.
The event is being attended by local and international intellectuals, scholars, poets and writers. As is the case every year, the main purpose of the conference is to highlight the importance of Urdu language and work on its evolution.
"We are dedicating this conference to the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who is the reason to extend this conference from four days to five days this year. On the concluding day, that is 25th December, we will be cutting the birthday cake for the founder of Pakistan," said Ahmed Shah, President of the Arts Council of Pakistan.
The first session of the conference was attended by Iftikhar Arif, Arif Naqvi, Nayeem Tahir, Asad Ahmed Khan, Qazi Afzal Hussain, Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim, Amjad Islam Amjad and Syed Sardar Shah, Pirzada Qasim, Zia Mohyeddin, Raza Ali Aabdi, Zahida Hina, Heoji Kataka, Shamim Hanafi, Zahra Nigah, Shamim Hanafi from India and Kishwar Naheed.
The five-day conference will conclude on December 25.