Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Sunday attended a special function held at CM Office in connection with Punjab Culture Day as chief guest.
Participants of the ceremony dressed in traditional Punjabi turbans. Provincial Minister for Culture Khayal Ahmed Kastro presented Punjab’s traditional turban to the Chief Minister.
Usman Buzdar gave traditional turban to Khayal Ahmed Kastro and advisor to PM Barrister Shehzad Akbar.
The CM said that the culture of Punjab is rich in traditions and famous all over the world as it has deeply rooted in history. Punjabis have their own unique identity everywhere they live in the world.
Celebrating and remembering culture and traditions is a sign of the nations which took pride in their history as cultural festivals reflect the identity and individuality of each region, he added.
Usman Buzdar said that the government is promoting cultural activities under the new coronavirus SOPs for providing recreational activities to the people.
Punjab is unique as it is the hub of multifaceted cultures. He further stated that love, peace, brotherhood, unity and tolerance are the hallmarks of the culture of Punjab.
Usman Buzdar said that the purpose of celebrating Punjab Culture Day is to promote love, brotherhood and unity.
He said that only those nations flourish which promotes their culture. The culture of Punjab has colours of affection, hospitality and kindness.
He also lauded the role of Directorate General Public Relations for promoting the culture of Punjab.
Adviser to the Prime Minister Barrister Shehzad Akbar, Provincial Minister for Culture Khayal Ahmed Kastro, Additional Chief Secretary Irum Bukhari, Secretary Information and Culture Raja Jahangir Anwar, DGPR Saman Rai, DG PILAC Sughra Sadaf, Executive Director Al-Hamra Dr Aslam Dogar, Director Al-Hamra Arts Council Zulfiqar Zulfi, Executive Director Pukar Rizwan Sharif, Director Lahore Museum Ijaz Minhas and concerned officials participated.
Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar presided over a high-level meeting to review the progress of different ongoing construction and repair projects of highways as well as for constructing new roads in the province.
The Chief Minister gave approval to construction and expansion projects of four major provincial highways.
Usman Buzdar directed to expedite matters related to these four projects of the highway sector.
He said that the Communications and Works Department should complete the projects related matters within a stipulated timeframe.
The Chief Minister said that the foundation of Chichawatni, Rajhana, Pir Mahal, Chowk Azam, Layyah and Taunsa 204 km long dual carriageway road project would be laid this year which will make transportation much easier.
107 km long Jhang bypass, Shorkot Road project will soon be launched which will not only facilitate the citizens of Jhang and Shorkot but also benefiting the people of adjoining areas.
150 km long Depalpur, Pakpattan, Vehari Road project will also start soon. 75-km-long Hasilpur, Bahawalnagar Road project has been principally approved. He said that Sahiwal will be linked with the motorway at a sum of Rs25o million.
Meanwhile, MNA from Khushab Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana called on CM Usman Buzdar and discussed political situation and development issues of Khushab.
Ehsan Ullah Tiwana congratulated the CM on the victory in Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate election. The chief minister said that the Senate election has exposed so-called opposition.
He said that PM Imran Khan knock down his opponents with his political wisdom.
He further stated that PTI is the only real and popular political force of the people. He said that opponents should now wait for elections 2023 calmly.