PAL announces ‘Pakistan Umeed-e-Zeest Award-2020’
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Chairman Dr Yousaf Khushk has said that coronavirus has emerged as an enemy against humanity worldwide including Pakistan, said a press release.
Expressing concern over the pandemic, he said that writers’ community of Pakistan had always boosted and encourage the people of Pakistan through their writing in all times such situation of difficulties. He said like other national institutions, the PAL has resolved to fight against this nuisance and announced an award for the writings by writers’ community of Pakistan focusing the disaster of humanity by this epidemic.
The newly announced, one time award under title “Pakistan Umeed-e-Zeest Award-2020” will be given on three best writings in all Pakistani languages, to be judged by a jury of senior writers from all over the country.
All writings will be uploaded on the website of PAL, as and when received from the poets, the chairman explained. The PAL is requesting the writers all over the country to send their writings on the topic to PAL on the email address umeed@pal.gov.pk by April 30, 2020.
The writers, in their writings, should address the issues relating to destruction of humanity by coronavirus, difficulties being faced by common man, to encourage the doctors and paramedics, volunteers, Pakistan Army, police, all governments officials, political leadership and show their solidarity with the bereaved families of departed souls, who died in the prevailing epidemic. The writings should also urge the general public to comply with preventive advisory of the government in this regard. Afterward, the PAL will also publish an anthology of selected writings out of received stuff on the subject, in all Pakistan languages for record and reading of general public. – APP