Two-day Urdu festival set for Jeddah

STARS: Peerzada Qasim, Khalid Irfan and Irtiza Karim.
Updated 10 May 2016
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Two-day Urdu festival set for Jeddah

JEDDAH: Prominent Pakistani and Indian poets, humorists and academics will grace the two-day Urdu festival being organized in Jeddah at the weekend by the newly constituted Gulf Urdu Council (GUC).
The festival will revolve around a grand mushaira on Thursday, May 12, and a seminar on Friday, May 13. Prof. Peerzada Qasim, former vice chancellor of Karachi University and an accomplished and popular poet, will be the chief guest.
Dr. Irtiza Karim, director of India’s National Council for the Promotion of the Urdu Language (NCPUL) and a well-known fiction writer and critic, will be the main attraction at the seminar. Khalid Irfan, a Pakistani poet based in the United States, who is widely known for his biting satire and rib-tickling poetry, will be another star in attendance.
A number of poets based in different Saudi cities and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are expected to recite their poetry. They include Ahmed Adil (Bahrain), Sohel Saquib (Dammam), Sadaqat Tirmizi (Kuwait), Nadim Maher (Qatar), Ashfaq Nasir (Abha), Hisham Syed (Riyadh) and Rukhsar Nazimabadi (Bahrain). Those from Jeddah include Aalami Urdu Markaz President Athar Nafees Abbasi, Naeem Bazidpuri, Nasir Burney Beg, Ahmed Farooqui, Abdullah Bin-Mahfouz, Altaf Shaheryar and Faisal Tufail.
The brainchild of the GUC in Jeddah is Mahtab Qadr, who is known for his valuable promotion of Urdu. Mir Firasat Ali Khusrow from Riyadh, who is known for his chaste Urdu diction, will anchor the event. Qadr and Khusrow are among the key office-bearers in the Saudi Arabia chapter of the GUC. Afroz Alam is the president of the council.
The event is by invitation only. For details, call Qadr/Bader Ansari on 0508877185.


Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

Updated 22 October 2018
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Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.