KARACHI: Minister for Religion and Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee of Religion and Culture, Sardar Yasin Malik has emphasized the importance of Islamic cultural values in Pakistani society.
He was speaking at an expert panel discussion on World Day of “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” here the other day. The purpose of conducting this event was to arrive at an advisory position to promote sustainable development of Pakistan taking advantage of the great cultural diversity of Pakistan in terms of geographical indications (Products, Curios, Traditional knowledge and Custom, Social Practices, Fashion Costumes, Food, Festivals and Folklore (characters, stories of chivalry, mystery and romance). A short clip of a movie based on the diversity of cultures in various regions of the sub-continent was displayed to the audience. Dr. Nauman-ul-Haq, IBA Head of Department liberal Art in his visionary comments illustrated the fact that the variance in culture is the bases of human race sustainability. In his views variance in Nature is the chief reason which makes the human race and other beings flourish. Mazhar Qureshi related the cultural diversity with the shared believes and values of different communities and said that our culture is extremely versatile. He also quoted example of the 2nd World war which in his views can be considered as a sign of cultural taboo. Baber of IED showed his concern over the discrimination, the people of remote areas face when they come and visit urban centers. He was of the view that one should not be looked down upon on the basis of his origins and all should be treated equally. Anwar-ul Haq Siddiqui put things into perspective by elaborating the topic “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” and shed light on related issues with contextual relevance.
The meeting was attended by academia, civil society and cultural experts including Salman Javed Chairman, ECO CCI Tourism Council (Pak Chapter), Dr. Ashafq Siddiqui, Advisor on SC on Health, Ms. Rizwana Shahid, President Women Chamber, Prof. Tariq Kaleem, Dow University, Ms Asifa Sohail, Deputy Director Bahria Foundation and Ms Farhana Iqbal, Chairperson, CMIS.