Introduction

Pakistan achieved independence and emerged as a sovereign state on 14 August 1947, but its history goes back to over a five thousand years. The land of Pakistan has been a cradle of primeval civilizations like Mehrgarh, Harappa, Taxila, and Mohenjo-Daro amongst others. Pakistan’s Islamic heritage has a history of over a thousand years, and adds together the traditions of Central Asia and West Asia in its architecture, poetry and literature. Similarly, Pakistan has rich legacy of literature with multi-lingual diversity. Its transformation and growth into a separate identity with predominantly Islamic character coupled with its mystic lore continues in Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushtu, Baluchi, Brahui, Saraiki, Kashmiri etc.

Islamabad is a Capital of Pakistan, which is located in the northwest of the country on Potohar Plateau. It is a well-organized, clean and spacious city, a symbol of progress, innovation and architectural marvel that is divided into different sectors and zones. Islamabad remained the centre of attraction for people from all over the world because of its peaceful, friendly, well secure and noise-free atmosphere, making it one of the most cosmopolitan and urbanized cities of the world. Islamabad is surrounded by range of Margalla and Murree hills with many valleys and high mountains with snowfall in winters and has exotic beauty. Its beauty is enhanced by high luxurious residential life, attractive places to visit, quality restaurants, live music, hiking trails and lush green landscape around that makes it a favorite tourist attraction. It is frequently visited by locals and foreigners alike. Islamabad consists of many high ranked universities, Federal Government offices, Parliament House, the official residences of the President and Prime Minister along with the Diplomatic Enclave, an area next to the Parliament House dedicated to foreign embassies and missions appointed in Pakistan. Islamabad is the hub all the governmental activities as well as the scenic city of Pakistan.

Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) is a leading national organization working under the administrative control of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage of Pakistan for the promotion of Pakistani literature, literary activities and the welfare of writers. The literature being a part of cultural heritage of any country plays a vital role in projecting country’s soft image at home and abroad. Literature has deep rooted relation with the society as it is said that literature is the mirror of society. Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) not only preserves this heritage but also promotes and develops it by organizing conferences, seminars and workshops at various forums at home and abroad. PAL also looks after the welfare of the writers, poets and scholars and provides them with essential support and encouragement in Intellectuals pursuits.

Pakistan Academy of Letters correspondingly intends to organize a Four (04) day International Conference on “Language, Literature and Society” (ICLLS)  in collaboration with important universities of Pakistan under the supervision of Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Bughio Chairman PAL. The purpose of the said conference is to explore the contribution of literature and academia in bringing about positive changes in the society. Writers, linguists, research scholars and academics from across the globe will participate in the said conference to exchange their research work and developments in the field. The conference aims to deepen understanding of contemporary literature being produced in context of peace building and social development of different countries around the globe.