ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said the revival of fine arts in the Country was need of the hour and the government would always continue to promote that cultural heritage.
While talking to the Prime Minister’s Adviser for National History and Literary Heritage Division Irfan Siddiqui at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president emphasized that the rejuvenation of fine arts and participation of the youth in it not only showed that their new generation had a keen interest towards their cultural heritage but also reflected that it would also be a source for the revival and strengthening of their culture and national development.
President Mamnoon underscored that the study of history revealed that those nations which had tried to follow the path of development by neglecting their cultural heritage had failed in this regard. On the other hand, he added, nations which remained connected to their cultural heritage and also tried to promote it were successful in every respect.
The president underlined that cultural values created such a depth and beauty in the conduct and lifestyle of the culturally rich nations like Pakistan which became a guarantee of their success and development. It could be considered that cultural values provided basis for the educational, cultural and economic development and they also enhanced the passion for progress among the people, he said.
Mamnoon Hussain also commended the efforts of National History & Literary Heritage Division under the leadership of Irfan Siddiqui for the promotion of fine arts. He also appreciated the work of both artists and also awarded them with cash prizes.
The eminent calligrapher Ashraf Heera and artist Waqas Ahmed Shaiq were also present in the meeting while the latter also presented a precious portrait of Quaid-e-Azam to the president on the occasion.