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Pakistan pledges to protect, cherish its heritage

“Those nations (that) deny the essence of their heritage and past witness a disastrous fate, as true development and growth cannot be achieved without taking cognizance of the heritage of a region or the people residing therein,” said the spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammad Faisal, on Wednesday.

He was speaking at a seminar titled “Heritage Diplomacy: A Gadget for Regional Peace”, held here at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) where he emphasized upon an examination of the causes that had led to the rampant polarization and extremist tendencies prevalent in the society. Dr Faisal noted that Pakistan took pride in all its tradition, may they be Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, or Parsi because they have had an impact on the overall cultural identity of its people.

The Sufi tradition of sub-continent was said to be deeply embedded in the belief system, customs, and general attitude of Pakistanis. He continued that the country was blessed with sites of civilisations including Mehrgarh, Harappa, Mohenjo Daro, Taxila and Makli; religious locations, such as Katas Raj, Nankana Sahib, Takht Bahi and various Sufi shrines including those in Sehwan, Uch and Odero Lal. Pakistan boasted of a richly poetic and linguistic tradition in the form of Bulleh Shah, Mian Mohammad Bakhsh, Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Fehmida Riaz in addition to eminent writers such as Manto, Ashfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudisa and so forth, Dr Faisal maintained.

Pakistan was blessed with a unique diversity, which must be cherished and protected. The spokesperson remarked that every province had a distinct cultural identity, resembling petals of a flower stacked together, and called this a marvel of nature. Pakistan truly appreciated and owned the heritage bestowed upon it by history, he claimed.

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