TAXILA, (Parliament Times): A chilly evening of January suddenly fills up with warmth and emotions as Samina Tabassum- a Pakistani born Canadian writer, poet and travel autobiographer narrated excerpts from her book about how the rural area women of Pakistan fights for all odds for her survival from denial to equal rights of education, harassment at public places, domestic violence and exploitation from family to society and even case state due to her gender.
The evening was arranged by Pakistan youth league in collaboration with Pakistan National circle and literary organization Qandeel at Pakistan Ordnance Factories guest house on Sunday on successful launching of her 13 th book in Pakistan.
She quoted from six poetry books including Naya Chand,Matti ki Ourat, Ane Shahid, Sar bulandi teri anayat hai, Dukh andar, dukh behir, main ajj ki nazam houn, travel biographies Allah Sohnay main hazir houn, Hamaray Pushtono ke sarzamin, operation Swat our Malakand division, Central Canada and East coast of Canada.
She said that despite the fact that she belongs to Punjab, inspired by rich culture and traditions like gallantry and hospitality, she writes two of her books on the Pashtuns Hamaray Pushtono ke sarzamin, operation Swat our Malakand division. She said that after the sad demise of her younger brother Lt Farraukh Tipu Shaheed- she was spiritually empowered to write about the sacrifices of the Pakistani armed forces and write two books including interviews of military personnel published with the title of Kaash samgho mada kiya hai.
Prominent writer and travel autobiographer Muhammad Toufeeq Presided over the event while other speaker included prominent educationist Muneera Hashimi, President private schools management association Prof Atta Ur Rehman Chaudhry, Senior vice President Rawalpindi chamber of small industries Naeem Ashraf, Founder President Pakistan youth league Aabid Hussain, General secretary Javaid Mirza, President Pakistan National circle Mateen Aslam, poetess Shafqat Hayat and President literary organization Qandeel- Alamuddin in their speeches highlighted the significance and purity of the words of Samina Tabassum.
Samina Tabassum in her address has said that it is high time that progressive writers in their life and work must side with those who provide an honest testimony of the times instead of supporting the oppressor especially in the prevailing socio-economic and political situation in the country. She said that as she belongs to this soil, so most of her work for the country and of the country. She said that through her books, she tried to show the real picture of Pakistani society and remove misconceptions about it, especially people of KP. She added that being an educationist, she contributed for the country by establishing charity schools in various parts of KP, especially former frontier regions. She said that she has special love in her heart for Wah garrison where she was born, grown up and later shifted to Canada.