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LAHORE, Sep 07 (APP):Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has said revolutionary changes would be brought about in order to promote indigenous culture and check the influence of foreign cultures.
According to a handout issued here Friday, he was speaking during a Defence Day ceremony under the auspices of Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC).
The minister said, “Pakistan is our first and the foremost priority,” adding that the day will come soon when Pakistan would rank among the developed countries of the world.
Paying glowing tributes to sepoy Maqbool Hussain, the minister said Mqbool Hussain was a great patriot and spent four decades in the Indian captivity but he never disowned Pakistan despite the fact the Indians offered him freedom if he disowned his motherland. He said sepoy Maqbool Hussain was a rare breed of patriotic Pakistanis who wrote Pakistan Zindabad with his blood-drops after his tongue was cut by the Indian army as a punishment.
Fayyazul Hassan paid rich tribute to all martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of Pakistan. He said the government would utilize all available resources for the welfare of the artistes in the province, adding that Health Insurance Card would soon be introduced to provide health cover to the public.
Fayyaz also announced that performing art academies will be established in all divisional headquarters of the province, adding that the ‘Punjab Idol’ competitions will be launched soon to harness talent in the province.
Director RAC Waqar Ahmed, Director ANF Riaz Soomroo, Naheed Manzoor, and Sheikh Fahad were also present besides famous artists Masood Khawja, Qurban Niazi, Khuram Zeeshan, Ghulam Abbas, Meher Anjum, Rida Jaffery and Wali Jaffery.