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KARACHI:06 February:The morning hour on a public holiday did not keep the crowd away from the 7th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) which kicked off Friday with a special tribute to writer Intizar Hussain, who recently passed away.

Oxford University Press (OUP) managing director Ameena Saiyid requested a moment of silence for Hussain, who had been a known face at literature festivals in the past and was scheduled to appear this year as well. “It is in these very gardens that writer Nadeem Aslam called Intizar Hussain the greatest living writer on earth,” she said.

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KLF co-founder Asif Farrukhi too paid homage Hussain. Over the years, Hussain had become the father of literature festivals, he said. “He is now in the assembly of immortals,” he said, adding that he’s with them as a mourning spirit of all literary festivals.

Saiyid spoke about KLF’s journey so far. “For Asif and I, starting KLF was an act of defiance,” she said.