Urdu wins hearts at grand GUC mushaira in Jeddah

MEMORABLE EVENING: Professor Peerzada Qasim, renowned Pakistan literary figure and former vice chancellor of Karachi University, presents his poetry, with guests, organizers and prominent poets sitting in the background at the event in Jeddah on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 15 May 2016
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Urdu wins hearts at grand GUC mushaira in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The newly established, Gulf Urdu Council (GUC), a literary group for the promotion of Urdu in the Gulf states, held a grand mushaira in Jeddah on Thursday.

Well-known Urdu poets from the Gulf states were invited to display their poetic skills to the Urdu-speaking expatriate community in Jeddah.
The architect of the GUC event in Jeddah was Mahtab Qadr who came in for effusive praise for organizing a particularly enjoyable evening.
Professor Peerzada Qasim, renowned Pakistan literary figure and former vice chancellor of Karachi University, was the star attraction.
India’s Professor Irtiza Karim, director of the National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language, was the chief guest while US-based poet Khalid Irfan was the guest of honor.
Mir Firasat Ali Khusrow moderated the session, which was attended by a large number of Urdu lovers from India and Pakistan; all were eager to listen to some of the greatest poets in the region.
The event began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Qari Mohammed Noor.
Everyone’s heart gripped with emotions as a “naat” in praise of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was presented by Nawaz Janjua, who presented, in his unique style, the last portions of Allama Iqbal’s “Jawab-e-Shikwa.”
In his welcoming remarks, GUC Secretary Mahtab Qadr thanked all the poets for coming to Jeddah from all over the Gulf and for giving the Urdu-speaking community an opportunity to listen to good poetry.
Stressing the need to further boost the language in the Kingdom, he called on local literary groups in Jeddah to focus on talented young poets from the GCC and to invite them regularly to local functions.
Peerzada Qasim, who came especially from Karachi to attend the mushaira, enthralled the audience when he read both some old and more couplets in his unique melodic style. There was an outburst of praise and appreciation from the audience when he read his famous “Ik dia bujha huwa” ghazal at the special request of his fans.
Earlier, he applauded Mahtab Qadr and his team and the august members of the audience for sitting until midnight and making the event a grand success.
“GUC invited me to this festival by letter and I accepted the invitation immediately,” he said. He said that he was pleased to see both Indian and Pakistani poets presenting their poetry from a united platform, adding that Urdu can be promoted swiftly only through joint efforts which is exactly what the GUC is doing.
Mushaira coordinator Bader Ansari enthusiastically praised the high quality of the mushaira.
US-based poet Khalid Irfan entertained the audience with his humorous poetry in typical “Dilawar Figar style.” There were uproars of laughter during his sarcastic portrayal of corrupt politicians.
Senior poets from Jeddah, Naeem Bazidpuri and Aalami Urdu Markaz President Ather Nafees Abbasi presented classic couplets and received great appreciation from the audience. Bazidpuri in particular brought the house down with superior craft.
Others who presented their poetry included Sohail Saquib (Dammam), Nasir Burni (Yanbu), Dr. Ashfaq Nasir (Abha), Nadeem Mahir (Qatar), Sadaaqat Tirmizi (Kuwait), Mahtab Qadr (Jeddah), Firasat Ali Khusrow (Riyadh) and Faisal Tufail (Jeddah).
The candle-lighting ceremony was conducted by Tahseemul Haq Haqqi, welfare attaché at the Pakistani Consulate, and Ahmeduddin Owaisi, president, Bazm-e-Ittehad.
Awards were given to senior poets, including Peerzada Qasim (Qidwai Award), Khalid Irfan (Nazir Qidwai Award), Naeem Bazidpuri (Ahmed Jamaal Sadiq Award), Ashfaq Nasir (Ataullah Farooqi Award), Mir Firasat Ali Khusrow (Abdullah Abbas Nadwi Award), Sohail Saquib (Zaka Siddique Award), Athar Nafees Abbasi (Musliuddin Sadi Award), Nadim Mahir (Adnan Siddique Award), Sadaaqat Tirmizi (Baykas Nawaz Shariq Award), Ishham Syed (Abdullah Nazir Award), Nasir Burni (Itimaad Siddique Award), Mahtab Qadar (Shakeeb Arab Award), Altaf Shahryar (Zafar Mehdi Award) and Faisal Tufail (Prof. Noor Ahmed Award).


Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

The current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members. (SPA)
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Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

  • Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term”

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday will deliver his inaugural address at the Shoura Council, where he will talk about a range of local and regional issues and urge lawmakers to support the government in taking the country forward.
The king’s speech, which will serve as a guideline for Shoura members, will begin the deliberations of the new parliamentary year of the 150-member council.
“The king’s visit to the Shoura is of utmost importance, and his speech will define domestic, regional and foreign policies,” said Hoda Al-Helaissi, a member of the Shoura Council here on Wednesday.
“With the visit of King Salman to the Shoura Council to mark the beginning of the third year of the seventh term, we take a moment to reflect on the past year,” Al-Helaissi said.
She said that “the past year has been a year of challenges and opportunities both within the Kingdom and abroad.”
“Remarkably, as is in our nature, and as exemplified by our leadership, we have remained steadfast in our values and beliefs, committed as a country to the well-being of our citizens, not least as explained in what has now become known as Saudi Arabia’s road-map for the future, Vision 2030,” Al-Helaissi said.
“As the home of the Two Holy Mosques and as an important strategic player in the region, Saudi Arabia has an important role in global politics and we look forward to hearing the king’s speech this coming Monday,” Al-Helaissi said.
Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies will be spelled out by King Salman, she said.
“Elaborate preparations have been made to receive the king on this occasion,” said Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, another member of the Shoura Council. Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term.”
“The occasion marks the beginning of the new year for the council,” said Al-Khunaizi, while forecasting a number of proposals, decisions, draft legislation, treaties and foreign policy matters to be discussed and debated in 2019.
He said that the king’s speech may touch on subjects such as society, security, peace, stability, extremism, economy, financial reforms, regional challenges and foreign policy matters.
Al-Khunaizi noted that the role of women members of the Shoura Council had lent new dimension to the debate and deliberations of the council. He said that the current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members.