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No Indian writer to take part in Int'l Urdu Conference in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Indian writers and poets will miss this year's International Urdu Conference in due to the ongoing tension on the border, a media report said today.

The ninth edition of the International Urdu Conference hosted by the Arts Council of Pakistan, will be held from December 1 to December 4, council member Ahmed Shah said.

"Every year Indian writers and poets attend the moot, lending it variety. This time round, owing to the tensions on the Pakistan-border, they will not be seen reading their papers or taking part in different sessions as panelists," Shah was quoted as saying by 'Dawn' newspaper.

Highlighting Indian writers and poets contribution, Shah said he did not believe in dividing literature on the basis of religion.

Though the Indian writers like Gulzar and Gopichand Narang have contributed substantially to Urdu literature, these days they are afraid of visiting as they fear they would be treated badly on their return to India, Shah said.

He, however, said he would try and have some of the writers get connected to the conference via video or audio link.

Urdu scholar from countries like the US, Germany, Denmark, the UK, Finland and Egypt would participate in the conference, he said, adding that almost all renowned writers and poets from had been invited.

Tension between and Pakistan has increased after the attack on an base in Uri on September 18 and the resultant "surgical strike" on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by the army 10 days later.

Since then, cross-border firings have increased killing soldiers and civilians on both sides.

This week, 12 people, including three Pakistani soldiers, were killed in alleged Indian cross-border firings. The Indian response came after the warned of "heavy retribution" following the killing of three of its soldiers, with the body of one of them mutilated in a cross-LoC attack.

Pakistan has denied as "false" and "baseless" its troops were responsible for the mutilation and deaths of Indian soldiers.

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 19:07 IST