China to help in establishment of National Museum of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division will establishment state-of-the-art ‘National Museum of Pakistan’ in the Federal Capital for which China will provide technical support.

For this purpose, a committee comprising of the experts and relevant officials from Pakistan and China will be formed to work jointly on this project.

This was agreed by a six-member Chinese delegation headed by Huang Zhenchun in a meeting with the Advisor to Prime Minister on NH&LH Irfan Siddiqui held at the division in Islamabad on Monday.

Welcoming the delegation, Irfan Siddiqui said that “China is our second home and Chinese people are our trustworthy friends”.

Irfan Siddiqui appreciated the interest shown by National Museum of China to provide technical support for establishing National Museum of Pakistan in Islamabad, and said that the skills and experience of Chinese experts will be helpful for establishing National Museum of Pakistan, for which the foundation stone will be laid early next year.

Expressing delight over preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) seeking collaboration between Pakistan and China in museums, art and culture, Irfan Siddiqui said that this MoU will become source of enhancing cooperation not only in the fields of history and culture but pave the way of cooperation in literature and fine arts.

The Head of Chinese delegation Huang Zhenchun thanked Irfan Siddiqui for extending such a warm welcome and offered him to visit National Museum of China.

Huang Zhenchun said that signing of this MoU during his visit to China will open new avenues of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of arts and culture.

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Huang Zhenchun briefed Irfan Siddiqui about different museums in China and appreciated the efforts of NH&LH Division for establishing a museum at capital to preserve the rich cultural heritage.

Earlier, the Chinese delegation also met the Federal Secretary for NH&LH Division Engineer Aamir Hasan.

The meeting was attended by Joint Secretary NH&LH Division Captain (retd) Abdul Majeed Niazi, Deputy Secretary Muhammad Bakhsh Sangi, Director (Archaeology) Department of Archaeology and Museums (DoAM) Abdul Azeem and other officials of the division.

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