KARACHI: The launch ceremony of 'Do Tok', the second book of former motorway police IG and incumbent executive director of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema, was held on Saturday at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sindh Inspector-General (IG) of Police Allah Dino Khawaja showered praises on Cheema, stating that his writings reflected his patriotism and integrity. I have learnt from him that with struggle one can achieve any seemingly impossible target, IG Khawaja said.
The author called for maintaining the culture of book reading. Only extremism and violence would be left in a society where people stopped reading and writing, Cheema said. He urged writers to side with the truth rather than eulogising rulers for worldly benefits.
‘Literacy to promote tolerance’
We have to preserve the sanctity of words and their meanings, Cheema said, adding that reading and writing were the only tools which could pave the way for a bright future.
"Zulfiqar Cheema gained respect for his integrity in a notorious department of the police," said veteran journalist Mahmood Shaam. He humorously remarked that generally people were afraid of men in uniforms but when men in uniforms wrote books, they attended launch ceremonies in a large number, which indicated that people loved books more than they feared uniforms.
Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi President Ahmed Shah congratulated the author for his second book. It is difficult to write books when one is in service, Shah said, adding that Cheema was the only police officer whose books were launched at the Arts Council.
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