KARACHI: The 25th Aalmi Mushaira is all set to take place this evening at the Karachi Expo Centre. This was announced at a press briefing at the Karachi Press Club Tuesday evening.
This is going to be the Silver Jubliee of the Mushaira, with 30 poets from across the globe expected to participate, including five poets - Hassan Kazmi, Johar Kanpuri, Shafina Ali, Ana Delhvi and Hina Tiamuri - who have flown in from India, said the organisers, adding that Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair will be the chief guest.
Poets Iftikhar Arif, Amjad Islam Amjad and Anwar Masood will be gracing the occasion from Islamabad and Lahore while Dr Pirzada Qasim, Rasa Chughtai, Anwar Shaoor and Shahida Hasan are among many other poets from Karachi participating in the Mushaira.
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"This event is happening after a gap of two years. We are supporting it and making it happen,” said Art Council of Pakistan, Karachi President Ahmed Shah.
“We are the sons of the soil and want this city to light up,” said Shah, referring to the mushaira as an apolitical event. “Please don’t politicise it. It's not for one section, group or party, but rather is meant for everyone,” Shah said.
People must attend for the sake of national unity and for the love of culture, he added.
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"The mushaira is being held in honour of Azhar Abbas Hashmi, who founded the institution 28 years back and organised the event for two decades in Karachi,” shared Mehmood Ahmed Khan, convenor of the event, saying that the best possible security arrangments have been made for the audience this year.
As many as 15,000 to 25,000 people are expected to attend, Khan informed.
The mushaira is open to all and entry is free-of-charge.
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