ISLAMABAD: Federal Minster for National Heritage and Integration Shahzada Jamal Nazir has said all possible steps will be taken to promote Pakistani literature and welfare of writers’ community.
He expressed these views while addressing to a meeting at Pakistan Academy of Letters PAL here on Wednesday.
He stressed on the need to strengthen the financial position of the PAL under public private partnership. Memorandum of Understandings will be signed with the foreign universities to explore funding for the PAL, he added.
The minister lauded the efforts of the PAL for promoting Pakistani literature and giving literary awards on literature written in regional languages. He said Pakistani regional literature should be translated into foreign languages including English, Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish to introduce Pakistan at an international level.
The minister also took keen interest in the children literature published by the PAL first time whose three volumes have already been published while the forth one is under publishing process which will be completed within a month.
Chairman of PAL Abdul Hamid informed the minister that the work on translating of Pakistani literature into English has been restarted as it was ceased 28 years ago. Rs. 5000 has been given as honorarium to the 500 poor and needy writers while 7000 other writers have also been insured so for while literary awards are also being given in local languages every year for their promotion, he added.
The Chairman sought the help of the minister to set up translation bureau to translate the Pakistani literature into other languages, to set up marketing department and to complete the building of writers’ auditorium which needs more funds.
The chairman said PAL intends to set up its own FM Radio for the promotion of Pakistani literature as electronic media has not spared any time for the purpose.
He said there is need to standardize the alphabets of Punjabi language as two other regional languages like Sindhi and Pashto have already standardized alphabets. Work to develop nursery rhymes for children is also under process for which nominations from all the provinces have been sought, he added.