Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh ur Rahman said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz is a great personality of Urdu language and literature. Faiz Ahmad Faiz is not only the most important cultural and literary reference of his era but also the most effective spokesman of the working class.

The Governor of Punjab expressed these views while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Faiz Adbi Mela held at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB). He said that Faiz was an ideological and revolutionary poet and had a great love for his homeland. Faiz Ahmad Faiz is an optimist who gives the message of hope and positivity.

He praised the 2nd Faiz Adbi Mela organized by the Department of Urdu the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and said that the credit for organizing a high-level event in the university goes to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Athar Mahboob who organized international and national conferences, literary festivals, at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur has become the center of attention.

On this occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Athar Mahboob said in his address that Faiz Ahmad Faiz was an epoch-making figure due to his thoughtful reference to Urdu language and literature. The Department of Urdu is presenting the academic, literary, cultural and verbal traditions of Bahawalpur in a very beautiful way through Faiz Mela.

He appreciated the special arrival of Governor Punjab and Chancellor Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman in Faiz Mela. On this occasion, the chairman Department of Urdu Prof Dr Amir Sohail expressed his gratitude and said that the Faiz Mela has been organized this year as well as last year and this year eminent personalities from all over Pakistan are participating, including Dr Nasir Abbas Nair, Dr Shahid Iqbal Kamran, Farrukh Sohail Goindi, Syed Tabish Alwari, Dr Najeeb Jamal, Rana Mehboob Akhtar, Dr Roosh Nadeem, Dr Salahuddin Darwish, Nasir Bashir and other scholars and intellectuals.

Exhibition of books and handicrafts and food stalls were also organized in this fair. Dean Faculty of Arts and Languages Prof Dr Javed Hassan Chandio expressed special thanks to Dr Athar Mahboob for extending supporting organizing Faiz Mela.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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