Three-day Karachi Conference held at Arts Council of Pakistan

The three-day Karachi Conference held at Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi by Karachi Conference Foundation.
In the second day of the conference three session has completed in the evening. The third session reflects the different studies on the contested identities of the Karachi. Four papers has presented by the different people in the last session. These papers reflects the historical background, evolution, pre and post independent differences and the current scenarios of the different places in Karachi.
The first paper represented by the Aslam Khawaja who is a writer and a journalist. He identifies the different places in the Karachi which has historical importance belongs to many writers, journalists, and the offices of different movements like Anjaman Tarqi Psnd Urdu Musanafeen (Association of Progressive writers) and the labor party of India Sindh branch. He showed the different pictures that has historical worth but no one is taking care about these places.
Masooma Shakir is an architect and she presented her paper which she has written for her degree. Her paper reveals about the different shrine and the saints in Pakistan. In which she enlighten the pre and post freedom evolution on the different shrines in Pakistan generally and the Mazar of Abdullah Shah Ghazi specifically. She focused how the changing natures of the cities of Pakistan effected and scared the areas of the shrines. Many development projects in the shrines are being accomplished and few are yet continues. The shrines has been constructed beautifully and the craft on the walls, doorways and the gates is painted and designed. Usually traditional caretakers are the responsible for these shrines and their safety. She said that shrines plays an important role in the movement of Pakistan to establish the public opinion in the favor to establish Pakistan as a separate country for Muslims of sub-continent. Mazar of Abdullah Shah Ghazi is being constructed and the historical structure of the Mazar has been changed as the shops were outside the Mazar has been removed. These changes are not only effecting the historical structures of the building but also making it difficult for the people to reach.
The third discussion was one of the most significant discussion by Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari who is the chairman of Management board for Antiquates and Physical Heritage. He discussed the birth place of Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan. He said that the original place of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birth have been removed and the new building is different. He showed the evidence from the architectural point of view and historical document as to proof to defend his words.

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