Government College University Faisalabad is holding 2nd Lyallpur Literary Festival 2017 on 23, 24 February, 2017. The Inaugural session of the festival took place with Vice Chancellor GCUF as its chair. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali (T.I) cut the ribbon along with prominent guests Mr. Oria Maqbool Jan, and Mahmood Shaam and visited different book stalls. The guest speakers included renowned Scholar, Poet, Intellectual Oria Maqbool Jan, Mahmood Shaam, Shafqat Ullah Mushtaq (A.C.), Muneeb Iqbal, Poet Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr. Sughra Sadaf, Zubair Husain, Fateh Muhammad, Parveen Malik and Dr. Mazhar Hayat. In this marathon session, speakers spoke in greater length on the role of Mysticism, Media Ethics, Punjabi and Urdu Literary and Linguistic heritage. Mr. Oria Maqboo Jan and Shafqat Ullah Mushtaq discussed the role of Sufism in promoting peace and harmony in society. Mahmood Shaam discussed role of media in promoting truth and values in society. He exhorted upon the journalists to guide Pakistan youth. Dr. Sughra Sadaf said that we need to return to our Punjabi culture and language. Amjad Islam Amjad and Dr. Mazhar Hayat spoke on the beauty of mixture of love and revolution in the poetry of Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Muneeb Iqbal (grandson of Allama Iqbal) emphasized the need to read and teach the message of Iqbal. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali (T.I) in his concluding remarks thanked the speakers and expressed resolve to continue to hold these festivals to enable educated youth to fight out divisive ideology. He appreciated Dr. Abdul Qadir Mushtaq, Dr. Mazhar Hayat, Dr. Salma Umber, Dr. Asma Ghulam Rasool and Dr. Naeem Mohsin for arranging the literary festival.