Chinese envoy quotes Iqbal to emphasize cultural, economic cooperation
Islamabad—Ambassador of China Sun Weidong on Friday surprised the audience (a pleasant surprise of course) when he quoted our national poet Allama Iqbal’s famous couplet “Hamala say chashmay ubalnay lagay/Garan khwab Cheeni sambhalnay lagay” (Mount Himalaya has given forth springs of water/Sleepy Chinese nation is rising) to emphasize cooperation between Pakistan and China in economic and cultural fields.
Referring to the China Pak Economic Corridor, Ambassador Weidong said Pakistan’s national poet philosopher Allama Iqbal had foreseen great development between China and the rest of Asia almost 90 years ago.
Ambassador of China was addressing the inaugural ceremony of joint exhibition of Chinese and Pakistani art at the National Art Gallery. Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatimi, DG PNCA Jamal Shah, Chinese Cultural Counselor You Yi constituted and a large number of art lovers, youth and art students were present on the occasion. We look forward to cooperate with this great nation not only in China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also in art and culture, said the envoy. Referring to a number of masterpieces put on display he said the artwork depicted immense love, life and similarity of themes between the two artists. Certificates were also distributed among the artists of the two countries.
Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi in his brief address hoped cooperation in the fields of economy and culture between the two countries would flourish side by side and will meet the wishes of the peoples of the two countries.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid gave away the certificates. He was of the view that friendship between the two countries could not be described in a few sentences.
Both the nation have entered in a new era of cooperation and understanding in every sphere of life under the new agreement CPEC agreement.
The art and culture will further flourish and such exchanges will bring the people close to each other resulting in the betterment in their daily life. The minister added.
The exhibitions especially the photographs reflects relations between Pakistan and China and the art works is the reflection of the skill of the Chinese and Pakistani artists and their attachment with the art. He also appreciated the role and efforts of PNCA for promotion of art and artistic activities with special references and said more opportunities for such events will be created.
The exhibition comprises of 56 paintings, calligraphies and 150 photographs narrating the story of relation between Pakistan and China. The exhibition will remain open till 31st October, 2016.