Islamabad—Two-day international seminar on “Cultural & Lingual Commonalities between Iran and Pakistan” organized by National University of Modern Languages (NUML) concluded here on Thursday.
Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran H.E Mehdi-e-Honar Doost was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, while Director General NUML Brig Riaz Ahmed Gondal, Cultural Counsellor Iran Shahab-ud-Din Daraie, Director Institute of Persian Studies Islamabad Essa Karim, Head Department of Persian Dr Mahr Noor Muhammad Khan, scholars from Pakistan and Iran, guests and large number of students were also present on the occasion.
Dr. Talib Hussain Sial while giving the over view of the seminar said that there are many commonalities between Iran and Pakistan.
He said that researcher in their papers proved that Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi and Pushto languages contain many words of Persian.
Dr. Talib said that till 1985 Persian language was taught as a compulsory language in Pakistan and later it was eliminated for unknown reasons, he demanded of the government that to revive the moral values of our youth it is necessary to tell them about our rich culture and it cannot be achieved without reviving of Persian language in the country.
He also requested the Iranian government to play its due role in promoting this language in Pakistan and offer scholarships for outstanding students.
Speaking on the occasion Iranian ambassador Mehdi-e-Honar Doost said that Iran was the first country who recognized Pakistan after its independence and Pakistan also was the first country who recognized Islamic Republic of Iran after revolution.
He said that both nations are not only geographically closer but also have religious, cultural and lingual commonalities. He termed such seminars must be continued to better understand each other.
At the end Director General NUML Brig Riaz Ahmed Gondal thanked Iran embassy and Persian department, NUML to organize such an informative and successful seminar on a very interesting topic.
He said that both the countries since their independence are very close to each other and such affection and love will be continued in future.