Eminent poet and scholar Khalid Iqbal Yasir has assumed charge of the director-general of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL), said a press release issued by the Academy on Friday. He had been working as the director general of National Museum of Science and Technology, Lahore, on deputation. He was asked to rejoin PAL, his parent organisation. Yasir has translated Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho’s famous novel, “The Alchemist”, into Urdu. He has also done other works in literature and has been editing the Academy’s quarterly literary magazine “Adabiyat”. The government awarded him Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in recognition of his services.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2011.