LAHORE  - The Lahore Literature Festival (LLF) on its second day attracted a large number of people on Saturday.

The festival featured a number of discussions on various topics related to art and culture and current affairs. Some 24 different sessions were held on the second day in three different halls of Alhamra, which went houseful.

The day featured a number of discussions including ‘Beyond the Global Novel’ by K Anis Ahmed, Hugh Eakin, Mohsin Hamid, Samia Mehrez with Razia Iqbal, ‘Politically Incorrect’ by Shobhaa Dé with Shehrbano Taseer, ‘Qawwali’s Maestro, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’ by Pierre Alain Baud with Yousaf Salahuddin, ‘Reading Fiction to Children’ by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Saman Shamsie and Sophia Kasuri, ‘An Equal Music: A Writer and his Other Arts’ by Vikram Seth in conversation with Asim Fareed, famous vocalist Zia Mohyeddin recited Mushtaq Yusafi which was introduction by Naveed Riaz, ‘Angrezi Mushaira’ by Athar Tahir, Bushra Naqi, IIona Yusuf, Jocelyn Ortt Saeed, Muneeza Shamsie, Sadaf Saaz with Shaista Sirajuddin, ‘Fault-lines Across the Middle East’ which has a conversation of Vali Nasr with Ahmed Rashid, ‘Reportage on Pakistan’ by Matthieu Aikins, Shahan Mufti, and Zahid Hussain with Munizae Jahangir, a readings: ‘Another Gulmohar Tree and The Swan’s Wife by Aamer Hussein with Feryal Gauhar, ‘Filming The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ discussed by Mira Nair and Mohsin Hamid with Rachel Dwyer, ‘Musk Deer: The Contemporary in Tradition’ discussed by Rajeev Sethi with Noorjehan Bilgrami, ‘Citizen Cowasjee’ by Ayaz Amir, Framji Minwalla, Rafay Alam with Ayesha Jalal, ‘The Making of Political Satire’ by Jugnu Mohsin with Ali Aftab Syed, ‘Crisis of Education: Tagore’s Meaning Today’ by Amit Chaudhuri, Pervez Hoodbhoy, and Rubina Saigol with Khaled Ahmed, ‘Print is Here to Stay!’ by Gavin Francis, John Gapper, Maina Bhagat with Michael Dwyer, ‘The Body in South Asian Art’ discussed by Naman Ahuja with Rachel Dwyer, Zia Mohyeddin recited from His Own Works which was introduced by Asif Farrukhi, ‘Dissonance to Detour’ by Diana Campbell, Kamila Shamsie, Shahzia Sikander with John Zarobell.

On ‘Afghanistan on the Brink’, Ahmed Rashid, Hina Rabbani Khar, Maleeha Lodhi, Vali Nasr with Rashed Rahman discussed various aspects of the topic.

Talking on the occasion, former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said future of Afghanistan was linked to the creditability of the Afghan general elections to be held in April 2014. She said that if the results of the elections would be accepted by all the ethnic groups and political stake holders of Afghanistan there would be chances of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

She also said that there was a trust deficit between Afghanistan and Pakistan. She said that the regional cooperation cannot be built on religion, stressing upon strengthening Pakistan writ in FATA and adding that both Afghanistan and Pakistan were sovereign nations.

On the occasion former ambassador Dr Maleha Lodhi stressed upon adopting a comprehensive strategy to solve the problem of terrorism and extremism. She said that turmoil in Afghanistan would bring disaster in Asia and peace in Afghanistan would bring economic prosperity in Asia.  Responding to questions regarding Pakistan’s strategy towards Afghanistan, she said that Pakistan should prepare itself for the worst.

She said Pakistan Pakistan should curtail the militants and break the nexus between Afghan Taliban and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan otherwise it would be very difficult for Pakistan to curtail them after the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan.

Speaking on the occasion Afghan expert Ahmad Rashid said that Pakistan and Iran should stay out from the Afghan elections and should avoid supporting any group in the Afghanistan.

Some book launching including ‘The World in my Hands, ‘A Small Fortune’, ‘In Good Faith by Saba Naqvi, ‘The Faithful Scribe’ and ‘Gone with the Vindaloo and Curry by Shrabani Basu and Vikram Nair were held.