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UBL announces winners of the 8th UBL Literary Awards

The 8th UBL Literary Awards was held in Karachi on June 15, 2019. Celebrating the literary efforts of Pakistani writers, UBL held these awards for the eighth year running. The awards were held at a local hotel and the event was attended by a host of writers, literary & media personalities, socialites and celebrities.

esteemed panel of judges included Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr. Asif Farrukhi, Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Dr. Arfa Syeda, Ms. Kishwar Naheed, Dr. Anwaar Ahmad and Mr. Masood Ashar.

Over 130 entries were received as nominations for the seven categories of the awards. The books, which were written by Pakistani authors and published in Pakistan in 2017 & 2018, were shortlisted by an esteemed panel of judges which included the likes of Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr. Asif Farrukhi, Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Dr. Arfa Syeda, Ms. Kishwar Naheed, Dr. Anwaar Ahmad and Mr. Masood Ashar.

Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Ms. Zehra Nigah for her extensive and extraordinary body of work.

The winners from each category were:

Urdu Fiction: Jindar by Akhtar Raza Salimi
Urdu Non-Fiction: Us Ko Ik Shakhs Samajhna Tou Munasib Nahin
by Dr. Nasir Abbas Nayyar
Urdu Poetry: Tum Kabeer by Fahmida Riaz
Translation into Urdu: Dur Uftada Shehr Say Aik Taveel Nazam
by Munawar Hussain
Children’s Urdu Literature: Nazmein, Pahelian Aur Nasr Paray by Shanul Haq Haqqi
English Non-Fiction: The Faltering State by Tariq Khosa
Children’s English Literature: Partition by Amina Azfar

For the first time in the history of the Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Ms. Zehra Nigah for her extensive and extraordinary body of work.

Classical Dance performance

Sima Kamil, President & CEO UBL, during her speech, said “Pakistan is a wonderful mix of cultures, languages and ethnicities and our literary lineage is best proof of that. UBL considers it incumbent upon itself to recognize and inspire writers to continue contributing to the country’s literary wealth. We hope that the literary impetus does not slacken and that future generations continue to take advantage of these literary treasures”.

The evening came to an end with traditional musical performance

About UBL
Founded in 1959, United Bank Limited (UBL) leads the banking and financial services sector in Pakistan. UBL is deeply embedded across core segments, serving over 5.3 million customers through its network of over 1400 countrywide branches, more than 1400 ATMs and over 36,000 branchless banking agents. UBL has presence in three continents. The Bank is a pioneer in branchless banking with its UBL Omni platform. Customers across the world have 24/7 access to the Bank via UBL’s world class Internet Banking.

 

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