The 6th UBL Literary Awards 2016 were held at the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi on Saturday, 11 February 2017. The awards were held in conjunction with the 8th Karachi Literature Festival. The literary efforts of Pakistani writers were celebrated. UBL, which is Pakistan’s Best Bank 2016, held these awards for the sixth year running.
The event was graced by Urdu writer, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi. He is the recipient of the ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ (1999) and ‘Hilal-e-Imtiaz’ (2002), the highest literary honours by the Government of Pakistan, for his celebrated literary works. He has also been a former President of UBL, (1974-76) and has been awarded the ‘Quaid-e-Azam Memorial Medal’ for his distinguished services in Banking.
More than160 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 2015, were shortlisted by the honored panel of judges which included Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr. Asif Farrukhi, Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Dr. Arfa Syeda, Ms. Kishwar Naheed, Dr. Anwaar Ahmad and Mr. Masood Ashar.
The winners from each category are:
- Urdu Fiction:
Dahshat Main Mohabbat by Mohammad Hameed Shahid
- Urdu Non-Fiction:
Hum Bhi Waheen Mojood Thay by Akhtar Viqar Azim
- Urdu Poetry:
Shajar Tasbeeh Kartey Hain by Abbas Tabish
- Urdu Translation:
Qissay Lahore Kay (Urdu Translation) by Waheed Raza Bhatti
- Children’s Urdu Literature:
Jungle Kahan Gaya by Muhammad Idrees Siddiqui
- English Non-Fiction:
Lahore- 101 Tales of a Fabled City by Abdul Majid Sheikh
- Children’s English Literature:
Our Bhittai by Fehmida Riaz
A Special Acknowledgement Award was also given to the book “Surkh Salaam” by Kamran Asdar Ali.
Mr. Wajahat Husain, President & CEO of UBL, during his speech, said “Pakistan is a glorious mix of cultures, languages and ethnicities and our literary pedigree is best proof of that. UBL has grown with Pakistan through the last 70 years and we consider it incumbent on ourselves to support and motivate writers and artists to continue contributing to our literary wealth. We should ensure that the literary momentum does not slacken and that future generations continue to benefit from these literary treasures”.