Modern Pakistani literature introduced to Turkey


Ankara, MTT News Desk: Launching ceremony of Colonel (retired) Masud Akhtar Sheikhs recent book Modern Pakistan Literature, was held here today under the auspices of Writers Union of Turkey. Written in Turkish language, the book is a selection of short stories and poems by contemporary Pakistani writers and poets, both national and regional.

Introducing his book, Masud Akhtar Sheikh said Modern Pakistan Edebiyati is the first book written in Turkish language to introduce Pakistani literary figures and their works to Turkish public. He said despite his old age, his love for Turkey compels him to contribute more towards bringing the two brotherly countries together with such efforts. Translating books written by eminent writers both in Turkey and Pakistan would further develop understanding and shall bring the people of the two countries together, said Mr. Masud.

The audience suggested more translations of the books of Muhammad Iqbal, Pakistans national poet and Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Turkeys noted peot. They also proposed to name a street in a Turkish city after Masud Akhtar Sheikh.

Earlier Deputy Chairman of the Writers Union of Turkey Mr. Ahmet FİDAN introduced the author. Members of Turkish academia and media persons attended the event.

Masud Akhtar Shaikh is the author of 24 books. His writings include many literary works of eminent Turkish writers, such as Orhan Kemal, Necip Fazil Kisakü, Nazim Hikmet, Fethullah Gulen, Reşat Nuri Guntekin, Ali Nar, Yaşar Kemal, Aziz Nesin, and Ismet Bozdağ. About 20 of his writings are stories, poems and novels translated from Turkish to Urdu and English. Mr. Masud has also contributed over 500 articles on Turkey, Cyprus and the Armenian issue.

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