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ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The fourth Islamabad Literature Festival would start here on Friday at Lok Virsa featuring a line-up of around 165 authors, academics, journalists and artists from the country and abroad.

The inaugural ceremony of the three-day festival would be held at Lok Virsa Auditorium while 151 Pakistani and 14 international speakers will participate in the festival.

There will be around 20 book launches and 38 sessions at the event, said a press release.

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Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) 2016 has planned to feature exciting sessions including a tribute to Fatima Surayya Bajia; a tribute to Intizar Husain; Women’s Protection Bill; the State of Urdu Literature in Pakistani School and College Syllabi; The Past is A Foreign Country: How Does History Inform Fiction?; a tribute to Jamiluddin Aali; Blind in one eye: cinematic traditions and Pakistani Cinema; Media: More Independent, Less Responsible; Pakistani English Literature: New Books, New Writers, New Directions; Mera Paigham Mohabbat Hai: The Secular and Pluralist Tradition of Urdu Poetry; and  A Tribute to Nasreen Anjum Bhatti.

Other than interactive sessions some art and dance performances are also planned including a tribute to Ismat Chughtai and Quratulain Hyder: Lady Changez Khan and PomPom Darling by Zambeel Dramatic Readings; dance performance by Shayma Saiyid; Aik Sham Anwar Masood Kay Naam; and Mystic Sufi Night.

Oxford University Press has invited the people of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and the adjoining areas to attend the festival and join in the festivities.