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Dhe German author Ronya Othmann was not identified in Pakistan till final weekend. Her novel “The Summers” was printed in Sri Lanka and can quickly be printed in India. But not in Pakistan. It was all of the extra astonishing what occurred when the writer arrived in Karachi on Friday, the place she had been invited by the Goethe Institute and the Karachi Literature Festival to learn from her novel and her poems: she was welcomed with an open letter Pakistani feminists and activists defamed her and threatened penalties if Othmann appeared on the pageant. They referred, typically incompletely and falsifyingly, to the columns that the author writes for the options part of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung – texts that solely seem in German.

“Concerned Pakistanis”?

Julia Enke

Editor liable for the options part of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in Berlin.

“We, the signatories,” the open letter stated, “write as concerned Pakistanis to express our deep concern and outrage at the Karachi Literature Festival’s decision to invite Ronya Othmann as a speaker.” Othmann is a Germany-based author who represents “Zionist and Islamophobic positions” and has taken half in discussions aimed toward “discrediting pro-Palestinian protests in Germany as anti-Semitic and Islamist.” A column from the FAS from October 22, 2023 is talked about. She can also be a critic of the BDS.