KARACHI: The 11th UBL Literary and Arts Awards 2024 were held at a local hotel on Saturday evening.

The prestigious lifetime achievement award was presented to Zaheda Hina for her exemplary work across a long distinguished career.

The following are the names of the winners:

The children’s Urdu literature award presented to Ahmed Adnan Tariq for Dastaan-i-Ameer Hamza; children’s English literature award to Marzieh Abbas for Nadia and Nadir Series.

Translation into Urdu (joint awards) presented to Inam Nadeem for Aaina Si Zindagi and Yasmeen Hameed for Janubi Asia Ki Muntakhib Nazmein.

Urdu poetry award presented to Mohsin Shakeel for Kuch Ishq Kiya.

Pakistani languages award given to Dr Syed Wiqar Ali Shah for his work Abdul Ghani Khan — Zhwand Au Zamana in Pashto language.

Online literature award presented to Nayyar Mustafa for his work Rangon Main Sochnay Wali Larki; song lyrics award presented to Sabir Zafar; best drama script to Hashim Nadeem for his play Parizaad; best Urdu debut award presented to Ahmad Jahangir for Shah Darya.

English fiction award presented to Haroon Khalid Akhtar for his work Liar’s Truth; English non-fiction award given to Tariq Rehman for Pakistan’s Wars: An Alternative History.

Urdu fiction award presented to Dr Aurangzeb Khan Niazi for his book Urdu Abad — Maholiyati Tanazur while Urdu non-fiction award was given to Shaheen Abbas for Leema Yakka Ban.

The jury members in the Urdu categories were Dr Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr Arfa Syeda, Dr Anwaar Ahmed, Kishwar Naheed and Dr Nasir Abbas Nayyar. Jury members for the English categories included D. Naazir Mahmood, Dr Aroosa Kanwal and Harris Khalique.

The show was hosted by Sajjad Hasan and Faiza Gillani.

Published in Dawn, May 27th, 2024

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