ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has nominated renowned writer and poetess Kishwar Naheed for the Kamal-e-Fun 2015 award.
According to the announcement made on Tuesday, Naheed had been nominated by a panel of judges consisting well known writers and scholars such as Asghar Nadeem Syed, Mushtaq Soofi, Nasir Ali Syed, Yussouf Shaheen, Zaheda Hina, Ayub Baloch, Abdul Qayum Bedar, Dr Najeeba Arif, Abaseen Yousufzai, Harris Khalique and Wafa Chishti.
Kamal-e-Fun Award is the considered to be the country’s highest literary award in the field of literature for recognition of lifetime’s achievement in creative and research work.
The recipient also gets a cash award of Rs1 million.
PAL Chairman Dr Muhammad Qasim Bughio, also announced the National Literary Award for the year 2015, given to the best literary books written during the year in Urdu and other Pakistani languages.
The Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal Award for Urdu poetry was given to Saleem Kausar for his book “Mein Ne Ism-e-Muhammad (PBUH) Ko Likha Buhat”.
The Baba-e-Urdu Molvi Abdul Haq Award for Urdu prose was given to Muhammad Hamza Farooqi for his book “Hum Nafsan-e- Khush Guzran”.
The Syed Waris Shah Award for writing in Punjabi language was given to Zahid Hasan for his book “Tassi Dharti”.
In Sindhi language, the Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Award is given to Rubina Abro for her book “Qadam Khan Adam Taeen”.
The Khushhal Khan Khattak Award for writing in Pashto language was given to Andesh Shamsul Qamar for his book “Pemana Da Ghazal”. In Balochi language, the Mast Tawakli Award was given to Rehman Murad for his book “Burd”, while in Seraiki language - the Khwaja Ghulam Fareed Award – was given to Tariq Ismail Ahmdani on his book “Seraiki Lok Bayania”.
In the English language the Pitras Bukhari Award was given to Athar Tahir on his book The Last Tea.
Each of National Literary Awards 2015 recipients would also get a cash award of Rs200,000.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2016.
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