President approves financial support of above Rs 9 mln for deserving artists

ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain
Thursday approved a financial assistance of more than Rs. 9
million to 34 deserving artists.

The president approved the funding while chairing 5th
meeting of the Steering Committee of Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund at the Aiwan e Sadr here, said a President House statement.

The president said that the artists were a national
asset who were rendering great services in art and culture besides promoting soft image of the country.

He said that the government was committed to acknowledge the services and contribution of the artists and ensure their welfare during their hour of need.

President Mamnoon said that artists, poets and writers
were cultural ambassadors and play a significant role in

promoting social and cultural norms of a country.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Atta ul Haq
Qasmi, Mustafa Qureshi, Muhammad Qawi Khan, Shahid Shafiq, Salman Alvi, Zeba Muhammad Ali, Asghar Nadeem Syed and senior government officials including secretary to the President, secretary Cabinet Division, secretary Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and Special Secretary Finance.