Irfan Siddiqui’s superb performance

For the first time in over a decade, literary activities are receiving attention they should in a society mindful of preserving, promoting its identity, heritage and culture. The PM decision to create a full-fledged division of National History and Cultural Heritage is paying dividends as the Division, ably headed by Irfan Siddiqui and its subordinate offices are delivering as per expectations of people of Pakistan.
The success, the Division has achieved in a short period, is a glaring example of how the right choice can make a difference. A number of institutions, created by successive governments, including Pakistan Academy of Letters, National Language Authority, National Book Foundation, Urdu Dictionary and Urdu Science Board, with passage of time, became lacklustre because of neglect by authorities concerned, lack of patronage and resources. This is despite the fact that these institutions were created for lofty ideals and investment in them would have been investment in bright future of the country. In this backdrop, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assigned the task of reviving these institutions and literary activities to Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, who himself is an intellectual and writer and has necessary background and vision to undertake the onerous responsibility. It is after a long time that those associated with art, literature, history and culture have a genuine feeling of being owned and patronised by the government. Mr. Siddiqui has introduced far-reaching reforms to make all the institutions of his Division vibrant. His programmes and policies have not only encouraged and sparked confidence among all stakeholders at home but also contributed towards promoting soft image of the country in comity of nations. Successful international conferences and festivals organised by the Division and their participation by a number of prominent foreign delegates would go a long way in transforming overall image of the country in the backdrop of all sorts of conspiracies and propaganda campaign unleashed by our enemies.

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