Pakistan's President Zia Ul-Haq opened the National Writers' conference on Tuesday (25 November) with a strong call for the revival of Islamic values in Pakistan's literature and education.
GV Guests seated at National Assembly Hall in Islamabad.
CU President Zia Ul-Haq of Pakistan addressing conference in Urdu.
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CU President continues his speech and guests listen. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU Guests applaud as President receives literary reports bound with ribbons. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Pakistan's President Zia Ul-Haq opened the National Writers' conference on Tuesday (25 November) with a strong call for the revival of Islamic values in Pakistan's literature and education.
SYNOPSIS: The conference is part of a series of gatherings of different sectors of society being held on a nationwide basis to examine various issues facing the nation. Some three hundred poets, writers and critics heard the President note that Pakistanis had strayed from the Islamic path.
President Zia called for renewed observance of Islamic values which he claimed were as good for a progressive society as they were 1,400 years ago. As a result of the president's new 'Islamization' campaign, Urdu is being given greater emphasis in schools and textbooks are being rewritten with a stronger Islamic tone. Even the school ties and blazers, relics of British rule, are disappearing in favour of the kurta tunics and baggy shalwar trousers. Alongside the existing courts, a parallel system of shariat, or Islamic courts, is also being established.
Throughout the country women, farmers, religious thinkers and other sectors of society have been meeting to discuss ways in which the teachings of the Prophet can be applied to modern life.
The President noted in particular the influence of literature on society and promised funds for the promotion of creative Islamic literature.