KARACHI - Writers and intellectuals can play their positive role promoting soft image of Karachi and Pakistan in the times of terrorism; this was said by speakers at the 4th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF).

The third and last day of the KLF started with a minute’s silence over Quetta bombings which claimed at least 80 lives last night. The session was attended by participants like Najam Sethi, Asma Jehangir, Dr Mubarak Ali, Muhammad Hanif, Saaz Agarwal and many other writers, poets, intellectuals and readers.

The festival attendance increased from around 5,000 in 2010 to 10,000 in 2011 and to 15,000 in 2012. The festival, the first of its kind in Pakistan, has been host to big names in the field of literature, including Anatol Lieven, HM Naqvi, Shobhaa De, Mohsin Hamid, Mohammed Hanif and Vikram Seth.

Famous Indian poet and film maker Gulzar was due here in the KLF but he cut short his visit to Pakistan and returned to India without even coming to Karachi. His decision to return home left thousands of his fans disappointed.