ISLAMABAD, May 3 (APP): Minister of State for Information,
Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said on
Wednesday that the government was making strenuous efforts to project art, culture and heritage at the global level after having overcome the scourge of extremism and terrorism, which had obscured their richness and diversity.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in that regard was
contemplating to hold a national convention of artists with a view to reaching out to them and soliciting their proposals, she added.
The minister of state was talking to French Ambassador Ms Martine
Dorance, who called on her here.
Welcoming the ambassador in the ministry, she said that Pakistan
highly valued its relations with France and would like to further
enhance cooperation between the two countries in the fields of art,
culture, information and preservation of heritage.
She said that in view the culture being the most
stupendous force in regards to developing a constructive mindset and
building a better, healthier and peaceful society, the government of
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was working with an unruffled
commitment to project the Pakistani culture.
The MOS informed the Ambassador that Pakistan was also going
to launch its first film, and broadcast production policy, as films
had a proven potential to educate people and reinforce the cultural
values through their extensive outreach.
Marriyum Aurangzeb sought cooperation of the French Government
in providing technical assistance so that Pakistani films and arts
could be developed in accordance with the best international
The minister further informed the distinguished guest that
Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), an attached department of the Ministry of IB&NH, was going to organize a film festival in
connection with 70th Year Independence celebrations and Pakistan would welcome active French participation in the event.
During the meeting, the ambassador informed the minister of
state that two Pakistani-born French citizens, the Wahid brothers
who were now rising stars of French cuisine, were visiting Pakistan
for the first time since they left their motherland.
Sylvestre Wahid and Jonathan Wahid, who wereborn in Kohat,
Pakistan, were now accomplished chefs and enjoyed an iconic status in France, the ambassador said.
She suggested that their visit should be utilized in a manner
that it goes to showcase the contribution of the people of Pakistani
origin to the French culture as well as their acknowledgement by the
government and people of France.
The ambassador also requested the MOS to facilitate their
courtesy meetings with the Prime Minister and President of Pakistan, if
possible, during their visit this week.
Ambassador Martine Dorance also informed the minister of state
that a seminar was being arranged in October-November in Paris this
year to encourage cooperation among various nations in the fields of
archeology and heritage.
The French government would feel delighted to host young
archeologist from Pakistan who are keen to work towards the
preservation of world heritage, she said.
The minister assured her full cooperation in highlighting the visit of Wahid brothers and seeking their appointments with the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
She said that culture was a great voice that Pakistan needed
to resonate throughout the world. She said that Pakistan would do
its best to promote and project the success stories of the two great
sons of the soil who emerged as shining stars in the foreign land.