Pakistan’s diverse culture a tool to forge unity: speakers

Say countries that got independence along us have excelled in economy, education, science and development.

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a folk music event on Friday termed the country’s diverse culture a convincing tool to forge unity and promote interfaith harmony among the communities of different faiths, languages, religions, castes and areas.
The Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF) in collaboration with the PeaceFLIX and Banjaarun platform organised the seminar-cum-folk dance performance show titled “Raqs-e-Aman” (the dance of peace) and gathered people hailing from all the provinces and federating units of the country, where street children of Mashal Trust School performed dance on folk songs in Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Punjabi, Sheena and Kashmiri languages.
In his welcome remarks, Shaheed Bhutto Foundation, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Asif Khan said, “Today’s topic is peace and it’s the fundamental human right whereas nations could not prosper without it.
Peace could not be sustained for the enduring time period in our country due to prolonged extremism, fundamentalism and conflicts with the neighbouring countries,” he said.
“It’s the only unfortunate region that is not integrated. We are totally isolated and it’s a major drawback.
The countries that got independence along us had excelled in economy, education, science and development and on the contrary, this region had existed peacefully in the ancient times,” he said.
The SBF CEO underlined that peace was in the genes of the people of this region. “All our federating units preach peace. Te teachings of Punjabi Sufi saints all advocate and promote peace.”
The panel discussions were moderated by a senior journalist from the Banjaarun digital platform Imrana Komal.
Young journalist, Ambreen Ali from NewsOne spoke on the culture and history of dance in Sindhi society. In her broef yet eloquent discussion she expressed the important historical and linguistic history of Sindhi culture.
Senior Radio Broadcaster, Rukhsana Musarrat deliberated on Punjabi culture. She regretted the lack of communication by Punjabi parents in their vernacular with their children which resulted in the decline of the Punjabi language.
Senior journalist, Rakshanda Taj Baloch from APP presented her views on the Balochi language and culture. She mentioned that Baloch literature and poetry promoted peace, love and harmony whereas the cultural dance Chapp gave the message of peace and gave an opportunity for catharsis. She mentioned that despite violence and war peace was still alive in the hearts of Baloch people.

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