Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest will be held at the IBA, Karachi

December 4, 2018: The first Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest in Karachi will take place at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, City Campus on December 8, 2018.

Several prominent Pakistani scholars and commentators will also participate in the one-day festival including Advisor to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity and Chairman CEIF, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Dr. Ali Usman Qasmi, Mr. F.S. Aijazuddin, Dr. Asma Abbas, Dr. Akbar Zaidi, senior journalists and columnists, amongst many others.

The Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest is an initiative which aims to realize Allama Iqbal's dream that newer worlds are only built through fresh ideas and thoughts, and not brick and mortar. Grounded in the work of scholars from around the world, this academic literary festival endeavors to bring to the general public robust and sound academic work in an easy and accessible format.

"Our aim was to bring a diverse group of scholars from a variety of disciplines, so that our students and the general public could learn and engage with them," said the Co-Director of ThinkFest Karachi, Dr. Faiza Mushtaq.

Topics at the ThinkFest will range from a talk on Firdausi's Shahnameh, to the history of Opium and Railways and the Raj, to ISIS, issues in Afghanistan and the Middle East, press freedom and the state of the economy in Pakistan, and even a panel on Jinns!

Talking about the Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest, the Chairman of ThinkFest Karachi, Dr. Miftah Ismail said, "Karachi, my city, boasts only a handful of literary festivals. Our city is the main metropolis of Pakistan and so should have a plethora of such events so that our people can learn and think more and work towards making the vision of the Quaid a reality in the country."

Underscoring the academic, yet public nature of the event, the Executive Director, IBA Karachi, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal said, "We are glad that the IBA has brought the ThinkFest to Karachi. After its success in Lahore earlier this year, it was only natural that an event focused on bringing academia and academics center stage in the developing discourse of Pakistan is held at the IBA, which was the first international academic collaboration of Pakistan."

The Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest Karachi will feature scholars from various countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Iran, India, Palestine, Cyprus, Norway and South Africa.

The festival will run from 10:30am to 7:30pm. The festival is free and open to the public.

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