LAHORE, Pakistan

The 8th Lahore Literary Festival, hosted in Pakistan’s second-largest city, kicked off on Friday with special guest Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s only Nobel laureate in literature.

Speaking to journalist Ahmed Rashid at the festival, considered one of South Asia’s premier cultural events, Pamuk expressed his love for his hometown Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city.

“I am very conscious of it. Although I have stayed in New York for a very long time, I cannot write about it as I have considered myself as a guest there,” said Pamuk.

“But Istanbul is my home. I have seen the city grow into

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