Pakistan: The adviser to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Engineer Amir Muqam, discussed the progress and evaluated the merits of the departments associated with the National Heritage and Cultural Division in Islamabad on 21st November.
The meeting was held in the Prime Minister’s Office. Amir Muqam reviewed the various ongoing projects related to cultural values and its departments. He was accompanied by other government officials that were present at the time.
The government personnel that were present in the meeting included:
- Farina Mazhar ( Secretary of the National Heritage and Culture Division)
- Abdul Sattar Khokhar ( Senior Joint Secretary)
- Shahzad Durrani (Joint Secretary and Head of Departments including Pakistan National Council of Arts and Folk)
- Iwan Iqbal (Department of Archeology and Museum)
- Along with different departments of cultural division. Such as – Iqbal Academy Lahore, Quaid-e-Azam Management Board, National Language Promotion Department, National Library of Pakistan, and Quaid-Azam Mazar Management. Board and Quaid-Ezam Academy.
Heads of the departments, as mentioned earlier, explained to the advisor, Amir Muqam, about the developments and growth, Policy decisions, vacancies and new initiatives accompanied by other cultural matters.
Additionally, the meeting included the progress of renovations works of the Science Board Meetings that it is ready to be inaugurated for the public to visit. Furthermore, the Prime Minister’s advisor ordered the management of Quaid-e-Azam Mazar to organize a particular program on Quaid-Azam Day.
Moreover, Amir Muqam encouraged the promotion of cultural heritage and historical events and said that prosperous nations keep their heritage cherished.
Engineer Amir stated that the preservations of art and historical culture of the nations not only emphasizes the youth participating in the festivals. It also reflects the keen interests of the young generations in cultural heritage. It will also help reinforce the national heritage from its roots.
Additionally, The officials said that promoting national heritage and culture would help restore peace and prevent societal hatred and intolerance among the people. The Prime Minister’s advisor said that the folk festivals showcase the traditions and values of all the living races across the country. It helps them in connecting at a personal and more profound level.
ED Folk Heritage further added that this year’s festival would be organized specifically for the flood victims. The Director General of the Department of Archeology and Museum briefed the officials about the current ongoing projects under the department. The overall performance of the tasks was discussed in the meeting, along with the activities of the departments.
The NLPD projects were also included in the discussion during the meeting. Director General of NLPD Abdul Rauf Parekh explained the insights to the advisor.
The Prime Minister’s advisor led the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), a meeting in which he reviewed the latest projects.