ISLAMBAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Mian Raza Rabbani on Friday suggested the President Asif Ali Zardari to confer the highest civil award for prominent short-story writer late Saadat Hassan Manto to acknowledge his services.
“The 100th birth anniversary of Manto is being observed today. For his literary works, he had not only earned fame within Pakistan but in international community also,” Rabbani said while speaking on a point of order.
He said at a time when there is chaos and polarisation in the country, besides other remedial measures, if we respect the literary figures, it could help improve situation.
He said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had established Pakistan Academy of Letters that had been patronising the literary figures besides working for their promotion but currently its role has been diminishing.
He said the intellectual renaissance that had begot during Bhutto's period is direly needed today.
Rabbani said a lot of people have been conferred awards in the past though some of them did not even deserve that distinction but Manto has not been given any such award despite his remarkable services in literature.
He requested the Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari to propose the president to confer the highest civil award to the said literary figure.
Later, the chair asked Leader of the House Jahangir Badar to consider the proposal, who also supported the idea.