was President Ayub Khan’s era and the material Law was at its peak.
National dailies could appear under strict censorship. Rumour- mongering
was a crime. Writers were too cautions even in their chats. One day,
Qurratul ain Haider, Jamiluddin Aali, Ghulam Abbas, Ibnul Hassan, Ibne
Saeed and Abbas Ahmed came to the office of Qudrutullah Shahaab. Much was
discussed. It was opinion of all present that, up till than, nobody had
ever thought or done any thing for the welfare and benefits of the
writers. At that point of time when the military regime was engaged in
purgating/ restructuring, announcing newer reforms in almost every sphere
of life, it was high time to try the luck for the welfare of writers, and
to see whether there was any iota of truth in high talks of the
government. In that meeting it was decided to convene a convention of
writers from all parts of the country in order to take next step with the
unanimous opinion the whole community of writers.
some days past the same group of writers once again met and a draft of
declaration was prepared to convene the proposed meeting of the writers.
The signatories to that declaration were Qudratullah shahaab, Ibnul
Hassan, Ibne Saeed, Jamiluddin Aali, Zamirruddin Ahmed, Abbas Ahmed,
Ghulam Abbas and Qurratul ain Haider. The hard work and concerted efforts
of these friends made possible the holding of “ All Pakistan Writers
Convention” on 29th 30th & 31st of
janaury1959. A total number of 212 writers participated in the Convention.
These included writers from east Pakistan as well. It was the first
occasion in the country that writers of all regions and languages had
gathered at a plat- form in such a swarming number. All the delegates took
keen part in the proceeding of the Convention and with a unaminon vote
founded the ‘Pakistan Writers Guild’.
Under the arrangement of Pakistan Writers’ Guild the poets and
writers used to visit other countries of the world A “Guild Publishing
House” was established in Karachi which published since 20/22 books but
it could not function furthermore. A literary magazine titled “Ham
Qalam” was also issued but it stopped its publication after some time.
Pakistan Writers Guild also issued it magazine “Qalamkar” but it to
ceased its publication due to pancity of funds. Writers Guild Punjab,
Lahore issued a mothly “Akhbar-e-Mussanafeen” which is now being
published under the title of “Khaber Namay”. Five Literary Prizes were
established with the financial sources provided by Adamjee Foundation,
Dowood Foundation & National Bank of Pakistan. The highest office of
Pakistan Writers Guild is the office of Secretary General. The founder
Secretary was Qudratullah Shahaab. Later on Jamiluddin Aali, Mehboob Jamel
Zahidi, Muhammad Tufail and Main Said Rasul were holders of this office.