ISLAMABAD, Jun 25 (APP):Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Barrister Syed Ali Zafar on Monday stressed that cultural exchanges were a great way to promote and deepen Pakistan-China friendship as cultural ties last forever and nourish everlasting love and affection.
Speaking at a ceremony for the inauguration of exhibition entitled “China in Stamps” at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) here, he said friendship of Pakistan and China was an example for others.
He said friendship of China and Pakistan was not only extended just to political, economic and diplomatic spheres but also to cultural exchanges that would leave deep imprints.
He recalled that first airline that landed in China from non-communist countries was that of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
When all the countries were opposing and as the world was divided into eastern and western blocks, Pakistan began friendship with China.
Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State, went to China for the first time, because of Pakistan, he reminisced.
He said, “Whenever we have a problem or issue, we first think of China as a friend. China always supported Pakistan in its hour of need. “
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the project of economic cooperation and an example of friendship of two countries, he said adding In the China’s One Belt and One Road initiative, CPEC was the most successful project and not only both countries but the whole region would benefit from it.
Talking about different aspects of Pakistani culture, he said Pakistani heritage was rich, the country had diverse cultural sites and its culture was reflected through people’s clothes, marriage ceremonies, social rites, norms and traits. “A nation had no identity without culture.”
Appreciating the efforts of Pakistan National Council of Arts, he said PNCA had the capacity to showcase the Chinese culture.
He said in the past, British and French centers used to undertake various activities to let Pakistanis know about their countries’ culture. Similarly Chinese Cultural Centre at PNCA would be able to do the same.
The minister said a lot of people especially youth wanted to learn Chinese crafts and languages and keen to know about Chinese’s cinema, theater, arts and other cultural activities.
He said stamp collection was an important hobby and one can peep into the course of history and a country’s political and cultural journey through stamps. The minister assured of all possible assistance for concepts and ideas that expand cultural exchanges between Pakistan and China.
He said he believed in the right to access information, which should be disseminated and shared with public to bring transparency in government affairs.
Shared information would generate debate on media and government would get feedback and suggestions and in turn would improve governance which would lead to resolution of issues and eradication of corruption, he added.
A Chinese representative also spoke on the occasion and told about the salient features of the exhibition where different items were on display depicting Chinese centuries old cultural traditions.