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LAHORE: The Oxford University Press (OUP) on Friday organised a discussion titled ‘70 Years of Writing in Pakistan’ as a part of a series of events being held to commemorate 70 years of the country’s birth.

The conversation centered around the evolution of literature and writing over the past seven decades. The speakers reviewed the literary journey of Pakistan, the personalities who have shaped it, the various factors that have affected the narrative, and the literary trends that have emerged over the years.

Speakers in the discussion included Tariq Rahman, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Beaconhouse National University; Taimur Rahman, assistant professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences; and Raza Naeem, social scientist, literary critic, and translator.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Tariq Haq of the OUP, said that the press has published the Platinum Series to celebrate the country’s seventieth birthday. The series includes books on the nation’s achievements and outlook during this period as well as scholarly works, titles in gender and women’s studies, economics, sociology, history, politics, art, and culture all written by experts in their field.

Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2017